Serena finds it bizarre to remain in lodge as a substitute of her Paris house | Tennis Information

PARIS: Serena Williams finds it ‘bizarre’ having to remain in a lodge throughout the French Open regardless of proudly owning an residence in Paris however the American is holding a constructive perspective as she continues her chase of a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
As a part of the COVID-19 protocols, the French Open organisers have advised all individuals to remain in two designated lodges, in contrast to the U.S. Open which allowed staying in non-public lodging.
Williams was one of many gamers who rented a non-public house for the event at Flushing Meadows.
“It is undoubtedly bizarre. This has all the time been my house away from house. I all the time liked being right here,” Williams advised reporters on Saturday.
“It has been actually totally different for me staying at a lodge once I’m like, ‘Oh, that is what we usually do’. I suppose it is a should.”
This yr’s claycourt Grand Slam was moved again from its common Could-June slot to the tip of September as a result of pandemic. The climate throughout this yr’s occasion, due to this fact, is way cooler.
“I hate the chilly. I am from Los Angeles and I dwell in Florida. For half my life I’ve by no means seen snow. Chilly climate and me don’t combine. That is my Achilles’ heel,” Williams stated earlier than breaking right into a smile.
“However I am coping with it. I am having a constructive perspective about it.”
Williams gained the final of her 23 Grand Slam titles in Melbourne in 2017 and has since misplaced in 4 finals in her bid to equal Australian Margaret Courtroom’s file of 24 main singles titles.
She misplaced to Victoria Azarenka within the semi-finals at her house Grand Slam this month.
“I feel a semi-final is all the time nice. Is it nice for me? Completely not,” stated Williams, including that she was not 100% bodily however had recovered sufficiently from an Achilles downside she suffered throughout the U.S. Open.
“That is simply how I really feel. That is how I all the time really feel. It’s what it’s. I am pleased that I can really feel that manner. I am able in my profession the place I can’t be happy. I do not wish to sit right here and say, ‘Oh, I am pleased’. As a result of I am not.”
Williams, who took a break in 2017 to offer start to her daughter, has not performed any aggressive matches forward of the claycourt occasion at Roland Garros which begins on Sunday.
Following the U.S. Open, the American, who turned 39 on Saturday, travelled to her coach’s academy in Good and focused on coaching and rehabilitation.
“I actually by no means thought I’d be taking part in at my age. I imply, I do not fairly look 39,” she stated, grinning once more.
“However yeah I do not know when it’ll cease for me. I simply have enjoyable. After I really feel it is over, it is over. However I might have assured and just about wager my life that I’d not have been taking part in at 39.
“I am normally only a pleased, constructive individual. You simply should be actually enthusiastic about every second that life provides you as a result of you do not know if it’ll be your final personally.”

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