ESPN Announces Serena Williams Will Host 2024 ESPYs

Serena Williams practices on Court 16 before her match during the Western and Southern Open.
Serena Williams practices on Court 16 before her match during the Western and Southern Open. / Cara Owsley/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

ESPN announced on Tuesday that Serena Williams will host the 2024 ESPYs on July 11.

This is the first time the 23-time Grand Slam champion will host the sports awards ceremony. Williams has won 25 ESPY awards, including favorite female athlete and favorite female tennis player a multitude of times.

“I couldn’t be more excited to host The ESPYS,” Williams said, via a press release. “This is a dream come true for me, and something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. It has been a sensational year for sports and an unprecedented one for female athletes. I can’t wait to celebrate everyone on-stage in July.”

Her ESPYs hosting debut will follow the premiere of her new ESPN+ series titled In the Arena: Serena Williams, which comes out July 10. It is an eight-episode series highlighting parts of her tennis career. Williams retired from tennis in September 2022 at the U.S. Open.


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Madison Williams is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated, where she has covered the entire sports landscape since 2022. She specializes in tennis, but covers a wide range of sports from a national perspective. Before joining Sports Illustrated, Madison worked with The Sporting News. She hails from Augustana College and completed a Master’s in Sports Media at Northwestern University. Madison is a dog mom and an avid reader.