The sport has been on a forced break since the beginning of March, including professional tennis, which will not resume until at least July 13th. If things go according to plan, we could attend the US Open from August 31st to September 13th and the Roland Garros from September 20th to October 4th (with a possible shift of a week to avoid overlapping with the Tour de France).
Serena Williams wants to win her 24th Slam, which would allow her to match Margaret Court's all-time record. The former No. 1 in the world lost the last four finals played in a Major and was eliminated in the third round at the Australian Open 2020.
Her last Grand Slam title dates back to the Australian Open 2017, where she defeated her sister Venus in the final. Billie Jean 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”.