Serena Williams on playing at French Open: ‘I’m going to have to make the best decision for my health’
Serena Williams says she wants to talk to Roland Garros officials before deciding whether or not she will take part in this year’s French Open.
Organisers re-iterated on Monday that they will allow some fans at this year clay-court Grand Slam, but some players have raised concerns about the decision.
Tournament officials also announced that players will only be allowed to stay at designated hotels during the event with no one allowed to make use of private accommodation.
Williams admitted after her fourth-round win over Maria Sakkari that she has some unanswered questions, but says her health is her main priority.
“If there are fans, then we should be able to stay elsewhere, then. Yeah, that’s interesting, because there is no private housing but there’s fans,” she said.
“It’s just for me I’m super conservative because I do have some serious health issues, so I try to stay away from public places, because I have been in a really bad position in the hospital a few times.
“I don’t want to end up in that position again, so I don’t know. I’ll just do my best to continue to keep – for me, I try to keep a 12-foot distance instead of 6.”
She added: “I’m going to have to make the best decision for my health.
“Obviously maybe it will be good for me to talk to the organisers just to see how that works with the crowd and how we will be protected.
“They have to make the best decision for them, and I have to do what’s best for me. But I think it should be okay. I mean, I have heard a lot from 50% crowd to, you know – so I don’t know what the number will be and how close they will be. I think there is a lot of factors that hopefully – hopefully they are thinking about, and I’m sure that they are, as this is a global pandemic.
“I still have some questions, but I’m really kind of, ironically, focused on New York but it’s kind of hard because, you know, these Grand Slams are so close to each other this year.”
Rafael Nadal eases into French Open third round as Dominic Thiem also ‘feels pretty good’ after victory
Nadal and Thiem looking the part.
Sara Errani accuses Kiki Bertens of faking injury: ‘For one hour she’s injured, then she runs like never’
Bertens experienced full body cramps.
Jamie Murray reveals worry for future of British tennis after French Open exits
All Britain’s singles players lost in French Open first round.
EXCLUSIVE – In conversation with the mastermind behind the revolutionary ASICS Tennis Academy
T365 speaks exclusively to Rene Zandbergen from ASICS.
Sara Errani has serving meltdown, loses, shouts ‘f*** ***’, meanwhile Kiki Bertens leaves court in wheelchair
All in a day’s work at Roland Garros.
Serena Williams admits her 2020 season could be over after latest injury setback
Williams sustained the injury at US Open.
‘I’m struggling to walk,’ says Serena Williams as she pulls out of the French Open due to injury
Serena Williams OUT of 2020 French Open.
Deadly Novak Djokovic likened to a ‘snake suffocating its prey’ by French Open opponent
“At the beginning, it was just surreal,” says Ymer.
‘I would like to see Wimbledon go ahead with or without fans in 2021,’ says Andy Murray
Andy Murray hopes Wimbledon returns to 2021 calendar.
French Open day three: Mikael Ymer stunner against Novak Djokovic, and Mo Salah backing for Mayar Sherif
The story of the third day of action at Roland Garros.