Billie Jean King feels enforced break should be seen ‘as a positive’ by Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Billie Jean King believes being “extremely, extremely fit” will be key to Serena Williams’ hopes of winning another Grand Slam once tennis resumes again.

The sport has been on an enforced break since early March with July 13 pencilled in as a possible return date.

If things do go according to plan, then we could have two Grand Slams shortly after the resumption as the US Open is slated for August 31-September 13 while the rescheduled French Open is due to start on September 20.

Williams is one trophy adrift of Margaret Court’s all-time Grand Slam record of 24 and she has come up short in the four major finals she has reached since giving birth.

King was asked by CNN how the break would affect Williams’ chances of catching Court and she replied: “I think you have to look at it as a positive in that you have to figure out what you need to do.”

She added: “The one thing when you’re an older player is you have to be more fit than you ever thought possible. I played until I was 40.

“And I remember sometimes playing against a player that was half my age. So you have to be extremely, extremely fit and if I were Serena with this time off I would enjoy my baby daughter and my husband but I would also be, absolutely just from a physical point of view, driving myself and being absolutely disciplined to be so fit … so when the tournaments start up again you definitely can be ready.

“But I think that’s the most important thing for Serena because once she starts playing matches, she is amazing.”

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