Serena Williams has mentioned she intends to journey to Europe for the French Open in late September and compete on the remaining tournaments on the calendar ought to they happen. “I see myself doing all of it if it occurs,” she mentioned as she prepares for her first competitors in six months.
Williams was talking from the High Seed Open, a brand new match in Lexington, Kentucky, the place she would be the prime seed. There will probably be no followers, which Williams described as nostalgic, a reminder of when enjoying in entrance of no person was a daily incidence in her youth.
As the primary skilled tennis occasion to happen in america, it will likely be an vital reference level for the US Open, which continues to be as a consequence of start on 31 August. Kentucky reported 573 new circumstances of coronavirus on Friday because the governor, Andy Beshear, warned: “We’re in a spot proper now the place this virus is spreading an excessive amount of.”
The potential of contracting coronavirus is of even larger concern for Williams than a few of her friends having been in hospital with life-threatening pulmonary embolisms in 2011, throughout which the blood clots in her lungs destroyed a portion of her lung tissue. She suffered a recurrence in 2017 after giving birth to her daughter, Olympia.
“I’ve been a little bit of a recluse,” she mentioned. “I began social distancing in early March. I don’t have full lung capability, so I’m undecided what would occur to me. I’m certain I might be OK, however I don’t need to discover out. I’ve 50 masks I journey with, I don’t ever need to be with out one. I’m tremendous cautious with what I’ve been doing and everybody within the ‘Serena bubble’ is absolutely protected. It’s cool to play tennis, however that is my life and my well being, so I’ve been somewhat bit neurotic however that’s how I’ve to be.”
Roger Federer turned 39 on Saturday as he continues his makes an attempt to get better from two arthroscopic knee surgeries this 12 months. Williams will probably be 39 in September as she plots one other return from an extended lay-off. Requested about 2021 and her plans to compete on the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, she mentioned she intends to remain within the second.
“That’s simply wanting too far forward, I don’t know if Tokyo plans to be in Tokyo, we must wait and see. I don’t know what to anticipate. One factor I’ve discovered is don’t plan, I’m dwelling for the day and for the second, in a great way however I’m not planning too far out.”