January 17, 2021

‘I’ve like 50 masks that I journey with’: Serena Williams become little bit of a recluse throughout COVID-19 – tennis

Serena Williams mentioned on Saturday the COVID-19 outbreak has not solely given her a a lot wanted stretch of downtime along with her family, it has additionally turned her right into a little bit of a “neurotic” and “a recluse” given her previous well being scares.

The 23-times Grand Slam champion, who has a historical past of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, mentioned she has not taken the virus state of affairs flippantly and that her well being has been her high precedence forward of her return to competitors.

“I’ve been just a little little bit of a recluse,” Williams, 38, mentioned on a video name from Lexington, Kentucky the place she is going to compete in subsequent week’s High Seed Open.

“I don’t have full lung capability so I’m undecided what would occur to me. I’m positive I might be OK however I don’t wish to discover out.”

Williams, who has additionally dedicated to taking part in within the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 U.S. Open, mentioned it was enjoyable to lastly return to tennis however the thought of travelling isn’t one she took flippantly.

“I’ve like 50 masks that I journey with … I’m tremendous, tremendous cautious with what I’ve been doing, and everybody within the Serena bubble is de facto protected,” mentioned Williams.

“As a result of on the finish of the day it’s cool to play tennis, however that is my life and that is my well being, so I’ve been just a little neurotic to an extent however that’s simply what I’ve to be proper now.”

Williams, who final competed in February when she helped the USA defeat Latvia in Fed Cup play, mentioned one factor she has realized throughout a pandemic that has turned the worldwide sporting calendar on its head is to not plan too far forward.

However after the U.S. Open, the place she is a six-times champion, Williams has each intention to fly to Europe the place the French Open is scheduled to start on Sept. 27.

“I see myself doing all of it if it occurs,” mentioned Williams, who will likely be joined by older sister Venus, Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka within the discipline on the inaugural High Seed Open.