“Let Me Borrow That Second Serve”: Venus Williams and Others Comment on Reilly Opelka’s Upcoming Tennis Feature

Published 12/15/2021, 5:00 AM EST


Undoubtedly, Venus Williams remains one of the most popular players on the WTA Tour. The 41-year-old only managed sporadic appearances on the tour this season and, subsequently, her engagement on her social media platforms increased exponentially.

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Recently, Venus and others commented on Reilly Opelka’s Instagram, in which the American announced his upcoming collaboration with TopCourt.

Venus Williams comments Reilly Opelka’s posts

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Venus Williams and Reilly Opelka have been rumored to be dating. However, one fan just asked her very recently if she was dating Opelka. The 7-time Grand Slam champion had a hilarious reply to the question. “No, @ReillyOpelka shot me down,” she responded during an Instagram ‘Ask me anything’ session.

Today, Reilly Opelka, on his Instagram, announced his upcoming feature on TopCourt, a tennis streaming channel. Venus was one of the first people to comment on the post. “Let me borrow that second serve next year,” she commented.

 

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Venus Williams was not the only tennis personality to engage with Opelka’s post. Popular tennis and sports contributor Rachel Stuhlmann, too, commented on the post. Can I help with the volleys?!?!?! she cheekily commented.

Clearly, Opelka’s serve is garnering a lot of attention, and rightly so.

Reilly Opelka has one of the fastest serves on tour

Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA;
Reilly Opelka of the United States serves against Lorenzo Musetti of Italy in a second-round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

At a staggering height of 6 feet and 11 inches, Reilly Opelka is tied with Croatian Ivo Karlovic for the record tallest-ever ATP-ranked player. Moreover, his height gives him a great advantage- his serve is one of the most powerful on the tour.

The American former World No. 19 has even come to be known as a ‘servebot’, for winning most of his service games with ease, owing to the speed and power he can deliver from behind the baseline.

 

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He even holds the record for the fastest second serve ever, having hit a 144.8 mph second serve in the 2021 Italian Open quarterfinals.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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