All of which will come as something of a shock to Venus's father Richard, who has determinedly prevented her and sister Serena forming friendships outside of tennis lest they distract the girls from their lucrative careers. He once said of inter-racial marriage: 'Anyone that's marrying outside of this race should be hung by their necks until sundown. As for his estranged wife, Oracene, she is a devout Jehovah's Witness who forbade her daughters to see boys until they were 18 and does not hold with frivolous dating.
In a recent interview she insisted the only man in her life was Bobby, a nine-month-old Yorkshire terrier, and maintained she was still devoted to her tennis, saying: 'I can't have my mind anywhere else. But friends say it was 'love at first sight' when she met Davide, who is due to graduate in economics and science from the University of Florence this year. He was working for a bodyguard agency part-time and was assigned to look after the world number three at the Italian Open tournament in May On July 16, after her Wimbledon triumph, she flew from Heathrow to Italy and met Davide in his home town of Jesi, a small town in the Apennine mountains west of Ancona.
Hands clasped together, the couple strolled along the winding streets of the town, shopping and eating ice-creams. They took a dip in the swimming pool of the local hotel, Federico II, where a member of staff said: 'The two of them couldn't keep their hands off each other.
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Davide took Venus out for a romantic meal in the La Recrocca restaurant in the old part of town before she flew back to the U. She is due to compete in a tournament in San Diego this week. In a possible hint about her secret love, Venus has spoken of her desire to forge a life outside of her tennis, saying: 'I like it a lot but it's not my entire life. A secretary who answered the telephone said: 'Davide and Venus are seeing each other but I don't know anything else and no one will talk to you about it - certainly not them or him. When told at her Florida home last night that her daughter had been pictured with the handsome Italian, Oracene Williams was clearly underwhelmed.
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