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Did Tennis Star Serena Williams Write the Viral 'I'm Sick of COVID-19' Post?

A person by that name definitely posted the message.

Published June 24, 2020

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Tennis star Serena Williams posted a message on social media that began, "I'm sick of COVID-19. I'm sick of black vs. white. I'm sick of Republicans vs. Democrats."

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In June 2020, a message supposedly written by tennis star Serena Williams about how she was sick of COVID-19, black versus white, and Republicans versus Democrats went viral on social media:

NBA player Rudy Gobert also shared this post as if it was penned by the famous tennis player with a record-breaking 23 Grand Slam singles titles, and even tagged her in his post.

The above-displayed message was definitely posted by a person named Serena Williams, but not the famous tennis player. The Facebook user who posted the message wrote on her bio: "Nope, not THAT Serena Williams ? Justin’s wifey & Bentley’s mommy ?"

Although not-tennis-Serena posted this message to her Facebook page on June 14, she is not the original author of this post. It appears that this message first started circulating on June 2 when it was shared (and presumably written) by Facebook user Gina Torres:

In short, the viral message was written by a Facebook user named "Gina" at the start of June 2020. The message went viral a few weeks later when a woman named "Serena Williams" shared this message and internet users mistook it for a post from the famous tennis star.


Fenn, Marty.   "Rudy Gobert Tweets Post of Wrong Serena Williams, Gets Trolled Heavily."     Clutch Points.   21 June 2020.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.