Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of Serena Williams, says he does not know how Serena Williams will be able to travel with just one person on her team to the US Open since he cannot imagine her being away from her daughter for the duration of the tournament.
The US Open is scheduled to be held in August and the USTA is keen to ensure that the tournament would go ahead in New York though they have been proposing some strict guidelines for the same. These include limiting each player to only one person on their support staff, limited access to practice courts and being put up in one hotel for the duration of the tournament.
Patrick Mouratoglou on Serena Williams
Several players have expressed their concerns about playing with such restrictions. Serena Williams, who will turn 39 years old in September, is chasing the all time Grand Slam record of Margaret Court.
Speaking on the No Challenges Remaining podcast, Mouratoglou says, “I think Serena will want to play [US Open] 100 percent, but I don't know how she can go there with only one person. I don't imagine her three weeks without her daughter, so maybe her daughter will coach her?" The USTA is expected to make an announcement on the same on Monday, June 15th about whether the tournament would go ahead and what restrictions or guidelines the players would need to follow.
Several of the lower ranked players have urged the top players to come out and support the US Open if it does go ahead, since many players have not been able to earn any prize money since March. The tennis tour shutdown in March due to the global pandemic and the governing bodies of tennis are hoping to restart the tour in early August with the summer hardcourt events in the United States.
Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all time behind Court's 24. She has been ranked No. 1 in the world in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017.
On her sixth occasion, Serena Williams held the No. 1 spot for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf. In total, she has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era among female players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova.