1. What emotion is Serena Williams expressing in this photograph? Without knowing the back story, how do you interpret her facial expression and body language?
  2. Read the excerpt from Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine in this anthology.
    1. In her discussion of Serena Williams, Rankine quotes Zora Neale Hurston: “‘I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.’” What (if any) role does Williams’s Blackness play in this photograph?
    2. Consider the depiction of Williams in this photograph alongside the way she is presented in Rankine’s piece. Does the photograph help you to understand or expand on any of Rankine’s ideas, or does Rankine’s analysis help you interpret the photograph? Or do the photograph and the essay contradict each other?
  3. Note the “swoosh” logo on Williams’s uniform. How do you react to sports product brands appearing on the sportswear of prominent athletes?
  4. Search online for photographs of John McEnroe, another high-achieving tennis player who had a reputation for losing his temper. Compare and contrast an image of McEnroe with this image of Williams.