As the joint-most successful Olympian in tennis history alongside sister Venus, Serena The 39-year-old American is in doubt of taking part in this year’s tournament following the decision not to allow international visitors to the Games, including family members of athletes .
Despite having won one gold medal in singles and three in doubles, this decision may see her miss the tournament. Asked whether she would travel to Japan under what will be severe restrictions she cited Olympia in responding: ‘I haven’t spent 24 hours without her, so that kind of answers the question itself. We’re best friends.
‘I think there are other reasons. I haven’t really thought much about Tokyo, because it was supposed to be last year and now it’s this year, and then there is this pandemic and there is so much to think about. Then there are the Grand Slams. It’s just a lot.’ Williams is expected to return to action for the first time since losing in the semi-finals of the Australian Open at this week’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.
With the French Open happening later this month, she expects to be ready for her latest bid to claim a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title. She said: “I trained for the past two and a half weeks at (coach) Patrick (Mouratoglou’s) academy, and then training a lot on the clay in the United States with team members. We had an intense several weeks of training, very intense.
“I feel good. I’m in Rome. I’m going to have some good matches here, hopefully, and then I will be at another Grand Slam, which always makes me excited. So I think either way I’ll be ready.”