Sports legend Serena Williams set to host 2024 ESPYs

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Tennis icon Serena Williams to headline the 2024 ESPYs for a celebration of sports.

LOS ANGELES — Serena Williams, a tennis powerhouse revered globally for her unparalleled prowess both on and off the court, is poised to take the spotlight once again as the host of the 2024 ESPYs. The announcement comes as a crescendo to the anticipation surrounding her return to the sports arena, scheduled for July 11 at 8 p.m. PT, broadcasting live from The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on ABC.

Williams expressed her elation at this career milestone in a press release from ESPN, declaring, “I couldn’t be more excited to host The ESPYS. This is a dream come true for me, and something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember.” With a remarkable career that collected 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Williams serves as an inspiration to athletes and fans worldwide.

Kate Jackson, ESPN’s VP of Production, praised Williams’ selection as host, citing her “spectacular on-court achievements” and “overall cultural impact.” Indeed, Williams’ journey transcends the boundaries of sports. Her influence extends far beyond the confines of the tennis court as a fervent advocate for gender equality in sports and a vocal supporter of social causes including Black maternal health advocacy and racial equality.

The ESPYs, an annual awards ceremony celebrating the pinnacle of sporting achievements, will witness Williams’ charisma live on stage. Her hosting debut follows hot on the heels of the premiere of the ESPN+ Original Series “In the Arena: Serena Williams,” giving a glimpse into the extraordinary trajectory of her career.

Away from the spotlight, Williams continues to blaze trails as a successful entrepreneur, with ventures such as Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm championing diversity in entrepreneurship, and Nine Two Six Productions, a multimedia production company amplifying diverse voices. Her recent incursion into the beauty industry with WYN Beauty further underscores her multifaceted persona.

Anticipation among sports fans increases as Williams prepares to grace the ESPYs stage this July.