Fitness coach Mackie Shilstone says Serena Williams taught him "how to have fun" and introduced him to the world of social media. Before meeting Williams, Shilstone wasn't really someone who was spending too much time on his phone or using social media.
When Williams realized that Shilstone didn't even know what's Instagram or Twitter, she reacted. "She [Serena Williams] taught me how to have fun, she made me laugh," Shilstone told the BBC. "I've got two sons, one's 34, one's 30.
The first person that taught me to text was Serena! She said 'I dont do phone.' I said, I don't do phone, where do you come from, woman? I don't do text. She said, 'You've got to text with me'! She said, 'Mackie, you need to be on Twitter.'
I said, I don't need to be on Twitter. She hooks me up for Twitter. She said, ’I want to put you on Instagram.' I said you do? What's Instagram? and she says, 'Oh Mackie'!"
During their time together, Williams captured 14 Grand Slams.
Overall, Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion. On the court, Williams looks completely locked in and has the face which tells she means business. According to Shilstone, that's a trait that you can only see with great champions.
"You see, she emotes this love. But when she walks on the court, things change. And that is what I have seen in the best pros. The minute they hit the fields, the turf, the court. Their eyes change," he explained. This week, American tennis legend Andy Roddick said Williams is a pleasure to be around off the court.
When Roddick's first baby was born, Williams made an effort to visit the Roddick family in Texas. Roddick was touched by Williams' gesture and said that tells you what you need to know about the 23-time Grand Slam champion.