Worried about the presence of spectators, Serena Williams hesitates to come and play in Paris

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Worried about the presence of spectators, Serena Williams hesitates to come and play in Paris


The American, already annoyed by the fact of having to stay in a hotel rather than in her apartment, wonders about her coming to France


Serena Williams does not know if she will play Roland Garros.


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Serena Williams does not know if she will play Roland Garros.


TENNIS – The American, already annoyed by the fact of having to stay in a hotel rather than in her apartment, wonders about her coming to France Serena Williams, qualified for the quarter-finals of the US Open, regretted Monday being obliged to stay in a hotel reserved by the organization during Roland Garros, not hiding his concern vis-à-vis the public finally authorized to attend, even in small numbers, the French Open.

“I was hoping to stay in my apartment in Paris,” said the American at a press conference after qualifying for the quarterfinals of the US Open. I think the French are doing the best they can. It’s difficult, you know. All the organizers, all the countries are doing their best during this pandemic, so I can’t point my finger and tell them how to do it. “

“I found myself several times in the hospital in serious states”

However, the player who will be 39 years old on September 26 and who is prone to pulmonary embolisms (she was hospitalized in 2011 and suffered one during her childbirth in 2017) has shown some concern about the announced presence of the public, at the reduced tonnage of 11,500 people per day maximum.

“I am on the reserve a lot because I have serious health problems that make me try to stay away from public places, I found myself several times in the hospital in serious conditions ”, she underlined while wondering about the decision taken by the French organizers to put all the players in two hotels – she and others have been authorized to rent a house in New York as part of the US Open health bubble while accepting from the public at Roland Garros.

“I will make the best decision for my health”

“It’s interesting, we don’t have the right to have private accommodation, but there will be supporters…”, she said. If she intends a priori to play Roland Garros, she indicated that she would find out about the conditions from the organizers before making a final decision. “I will make the best decision for my health,” she said. I will have to speak with the organizers to find out how it works with the public and how we will be protected ”.

“But I think it will be fine,” she concluded. The French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced on Monday have reduced the gauge to a maximum of 11,500 spectators per day(Against 20,000 hoped for so far) by strictly dividing the stadium into three zones limited to 5,000 people maximum. All players will also be accommodated in two hotels “reserved almost exclusively” by the organization.



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