Billie Jean King says record-chasing Serena Williams should see tennis break as ‘plus’
Nadal is a Grand Slam title behind Federer’s male record of 20, while Williams is behind Margaret Court’s record with 24 major tournaments.
Williams, who will be 39 at the end of September, won the last of his Grand Slam titles in January 2017 at the Australian Open when she was six weeks pregnant with her daughter Olympia. She has since lost four Grand Slam finals and during her last appearance in a major tournament, she was bowled over in the third round of the 2020 Australian Open by China’s Wang Qiang.
“I think you have to look at this as a positive as long as you have to figure out what to do,” said the 76-year-old king, founder of the WTA tour, when asked how to foot would affect Williams. chances of catching the court.
She then addressed the fitness element.
“The only thing when you’re an older player is that you have to be fitter than you ever thought possible. I played until I was 40,” said King, who said: played his last singles match at the age of 40 at the 1983 Australian Open and final double match at the age of 46.
“And I remember sometimes playing against a player who was half my age. So you have to be extremely, extremely fit and if I was Serena with this spare time, I would appreciate my granddaughter and my husband but I would be too, absolutely fair from a physical point of view, behave and be absolutely disciplined to be in good shape … so when the tournaments start again, you can certainly be ready.
“But I think it’s the most important thing for Serena because once she starts playing games, she is amazing.”
Djokovic’s momentum is over
Djokovic was undefeated in 2020, a streak that included winning his 17th Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open to get closer to his two main rivals.
At 32, he is a year younger than Nadal and six years junior at Federer.
“Of the three guys, he must be the most upset,” Becker, six-time Grand Slam champion himself, told CNN last week. “He hasn’t lost a game yet, he won the ATP Cup for Serbia, he won the Australian Open, and then he also won Dubai.”
Adding Grand Slam trophies will be difficult for anyone the rest of the season. Wimbledon, scheduled for July, has been canceled due to the pandemic and Nadal does not expect a resumption anytime soon.
The US Open is scheduled for late August while the French Open – where the Spaniard has won a staggering 12 titles – is scheduled for late September after leaving its normal location in late May due to the virus.
“From my point of view, I am very pessimistic that the circuit can resume normal activity,” said Nadal in an online interview set up by the Spanish Tennis Federation in late April. “In tennis, you have to travel every week, stay in hotels, go to different countries.
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“Even if we play without (fans), to organize an event, you need a lot of people involved, which cannot be ignored. Internationally, I see a serious problem.”