SO WHAT DO YOU DO ... VENUS WIL­LIAMS?

FOR THE TEN­NIS LE­GEND AND CLOTH­ING DE­SIGNER,

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The ten­nis champ on her stay-fit rou­tine and in­stant mood boost­ers

life is one big work­out. “Most peo­ple get up, take a shower, and go to work,” Wil­liams says. “I get up and go sweat.” Af­ter hit­ting the court for prac­tice, she does car­dio and strength­en­ing ex­er­cises. The full-body rou­tine is a daily must. “When I’m not work­ing out, I feel weird,” she says, “like I’m cheat­ing.” Even her free time is pro­duc­tive. Dur­ing “off” hours she cre­ates pieces for her ac­tivewear line, Eleven, which fea­tures fash­ion-for­ward sil­hou­ettes made with com­fort­able, breath­able fab­rics. “I do a lot of draw­ing and sketch­ing,” she says. “If I have time, I’ll watch a movie. That to me is lux­u­ri­ous.” Don’t ex­pect her to slow down any­time soon be­cause, as Wil­liams says, “pres­sure is a priv­i­lege.” Check out the mood-boost­ing moves that keep her on track.

[In ten­nis] you have 20 sec­onds be­tween points. You do not have time to ad­just your hair. I def­i­nitely triple up on pony­tail hold­ers.”

SNACK SMART Even dur­ing busy days and long flights, Wil­liams sticks to her “mostly ve­gan” diet, pack­ing healthy treats like kale chips and grapes.

TRAIN YOUR GAZE To com­bat dry eyes, Wil­liams keeps these lu­bri­cat­ing drops in her ten­nis bag. And she never hits the court with­out ap­ply­ing eye­liner: “It’s part of my busi­ness suit.” Sys­tane Com­plete eye drops, $13; tar­get.com.

TAKE THE PLUNGE Wil­liams says she re­cently had an “amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence” in Ice­land at the Blue La­goon’s Re­treat Spa, which of­fers in-wa­ter mas­sages as you float in hot springs.

DRESS THE PART “There is some­thing re­ally mag­i­cal about all white,” Wil­liams says of the out­fit she wore at Wim­ble­don this sum­mer (pic­tured). “It looks amaz­ing on all skin tones.” But her lat­est col­lec­tion for Eleven “has bright col­ors to keep you mo­ti­vated dur­ing win­ter.” Eleven by Venus Wil­liams tank ($62) and skirt ($73); elevenby venuswilli­ams.com.

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