Serena Williams: ‘I find it strange to be staying in a hotel’

TO Serena Williams It is “strange” for him to have to stay in a hotel during the tournament Roland Garros despite having an apartment in Paris, but the American remains positive as she continues to pursue her 24th Grand Slam title with which she would equal the record the Australian now holds. Margaret Court.

As part of the Covid-19 protocols, the organizers of Roland Garros designated two hotels to host all tournament participants, an important difference with the US Open, which allowed players to stay in private accommodations. And precisely Williams was one of the players who rented a private home while competing at Flushing Meadows.

“It’s definitely weird not being able to be in my apartment. This has always been my home away from home. I always loved being here, ”he said this Saturday Williams to journalists.

“It’s been really different for me staying in a hotel when I think, ‘Oh, this is what we normally do.’ But I suppose it is essential ”, commented the veteran American player.

Roland Garros, the main Grand Slam tournament played on clay, was moved from the end of May to the end of September due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the weather at this time of year is therefore much cooler than which until now had been customary.

I hate the cold. I’m from Los Angeles and I live in Florida. For half my life I have never seen snow. Cold weather and I don’t mix. That’s my achilles heel

“I hate the cold. I am from Los Angeles and I live in Florida. For half my life I have never seen snow. Cold weather and I don’t mix. That’s my Achilles heel, ”he said. Williams before breaking a smile. But I am dealing with it. I’m having a positive attitude about it, ”he added.

Serena Williams won the last of her 23 Grand Slam titles in Melbourne in 2017 and has since lost four finals in her bid to equal the Australian’s record of 24 Margaret Court.

The defeat in the US Open semifinals against Victoria Azarenka this month was his last setback. “I think a semi-final is always great. But is it cool for me? Absolutely not, ”he said Williams, adding that he was not one hundred percent physically, but had sufficiently recovered from the Achilles tendon problem he suffered during the US Open.

“This is how I feel and it is what it is. I am in a position in my career where I cannot be satisfied. I don’t want to sit here and say, “Oh, I’m happy.” Because I am not, “he assured Williams, obsessed with this 24th title.

I think a semi-final is always great. But is it cool for me? Absolutely not. This is how I feel and it is what it is. I am in a position in my career where I cannot be satisfied. I don’t want to sit here and say, “Oh, I’m happy.” Because I am not

Williams, who took a break in 2017 to give birth to her daughter, has not played any competitive matches before the Roland Garros which begins this Sunday.

Behind the US OpenThe American, who turned 39 on Saturday, traveled to her coach’s academy in Nice and focused on training and rehabilitation.

“Honestly, I never thought I’d be playing at my age. I mean, I don’t look like I’m 39, ”he said smiling again.

Honestly, I never thought I’d be playing at my age. I really don’t know when this is going to end for me. I just have fun. When you feel like it’s over, it’s over. But I could have bet my life that I wouldn’t have played at 39

“But I really don’t know when it’s going to end for me. I just have fun. When you feel like it’s over, it’s over. But I could have bet my life that I would not have played at 39, “he acknowledged.

“In general, I am a happy and positive person. You just have to be really excited with every moment that life gives you because you don’t know if it will be the last personally, “he said.