Serena Williams stated on Saturday the COVID-19 outbreak has not solely given her a a lot wanted stretch of downtime together with her household, 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, stated she has not taken the virus state of affairs frivolously and that her well being has been her prime precedence forward of her return to competitors.
“I’ve been a bit little bit of a recluse,” Williams, 38, stated on a video name from Lexington, Kentucky the place she’s going to compete in subsequent week’s Prime Seed Open.
“I don’t have full lung capability so I’m undecided what would occur to me. I’m positive I’d 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, stated it was enjoyable to lastly return to tennis however the concept of travelling is just not one she took frivolously.
“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 admittedly protected,” stated 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 a bit neurotic to an extent however that’s simply what I’ve to be proper now.”
Williams, who final competed in February when she helped america defeat Latvia in Fed Cup play, stated 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,” stated Williams, who will likely be joined by older sister Venus, Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka within the subject on the inaugural Prime Seed Open.