Serena Williams Recalls Trying to Deposit Her First $1 Million Tennis Winnings in a Drive-Thru ATM

Serena Williams learned an important banking lesson early in her career

Published Time: 07.07.2024 - 17:31:14 Modified Time: 07.07.2024 - 17:31:14

Serena Williams learned an important banking lesson early in her career.

The famed tennis star, 42, appeared on the latest episode of Hot Ones, where she recalled a moment of trying to deposit her first $1 million tennis winnings in a drive-thru ATM.

"I never played for money," Williams said after host Sean Evans asked her whether or not that story was true. "I played 'cause I loved the sport ... I don't even know if I wanted to play to be the best, I wanted to win."

"So my tax guy, he would be like, 'You didn't get your money?' and I'd be like, 'Oh, I didn't get that one in Zurich,' 'Oh, I forget that one in Moscow,' ... I was just playing to win, and if I didn't win, I wasn't thinking. I was just so angry, that I wanted to find a way to get better and win the next time," she continued.

Then remembering her first large paycheck, Williams detailed, "I never really spent a lot of money," adding, "I went through the drive-thru ... and the guy was like, 'Uh, I think you need to come inside for this,' and I -

was like, 'Oh, OK.' "

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Williams — who shares daughtersAdira, 10 months, andOlympia, 6½, with husbandAlexis Ohanian — retired from tennis in September 2022.

While chatting with PEOPLE at the Tribeca Film Festival about the premiere of her new docuseriesIn the Arena: Serena Williams last month, the athlete opened up about her life as a parent and how she is able to satisfy her competitive craving as a mom.

“You don't and I can't. I have to be the best mom,” she said. “I have to go to all of Olympia's things at her school. I literally show up.”

Williams added that she also looks to her beauty brand Wyn to keep her motivated, stating, "I invest in women. I invest in people of color and that is very competitive.”

In the Arena: Serena Williams is available to stream starting July 10 on ESPN+.

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