Serena Williams has said that the Covid-19 outbreak has not only given her a much-needed stretch of downtime with her family, it has also turned her into a bit of a “neurotic” and a “recluse” given her past health scares.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, said she has not taken the virus situation lightly and that her health has been her top priority ahead of her return to competition.
“I started social distancing in early March,” she said during a virtual press conference recently. “I don’t have full lung capacity, so I’m not sure what would happen to me. I am sure I would be okay, but I don’t want to find out.
“I have like 50 masks that I travel with, I don’t ever want to be without one… With health concerns, I am super careful with what I have been doing and everyone in the Serena bubble is really protected.”
Williams, who was one of the first players to commit to the US Open despite the pandemic, is pressing ahead with plans to play in the Grand Slam event.
“I see myself doing it all if it happens,” Williams said when asked about her schedule.