“I Stick to Mario Tennis Now”: Serena Williams Reveals How Taking Gaming Breaks Help Her

Published 08/10/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
Serena Williams of the United States looks on prior to her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Petra Martic of Croatia on day seven of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 01, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Tennis tournaments, like all sporting events, require a significant amount of focus and labor from players. And given that most of them go on for more than a week, it is important that players take time out for themselves and allow themselves to relax. Different people use different mechanisms to do so, and 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams uses video games!

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In an interview with Bazaar, Serena reveals her mantra towards keeping her mind off the court. With a lovely family and a beautiful daughter, Serena already has her source of entertainment at home. However, she has her routine for self-care as well.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Serena Williams takes gaming breaks for diverting attention from tennis

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In an interview with Bianca Betancourt from Harpers Bazaar, Williams talked about the importance of gaming.

Taking a gaming break definitely helps me relax and just kind of takes my mind off of things. Sometimes when you’re in the middle of a huge Grand Slam, you just need to not think about the moment in a way and just get away from it all—I find that [taking that time] works really well for me.”

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 01: Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland are interviewed on court following their mixed doubles match during day four of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 01, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Williams remembers her childhood gaming memories

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As a child, everyone is a video game fanatic. Serena was no different and enjoyed going to video game arcades to play some of her favorite games such as Super Mario, Tetris and Metroid.

I also always remember playing video games and going into video arcades, when I was younger and that being super fun. One of my favorite games growing up was Super Mario Brothers—like everyone else’s at the time. I also used to play Metroid and Tetris and all kinds of the classics. I stick to Mario Tennis now,” said Williams.

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We can’t speak for Mario Tennis fans, but real-life tennis fans are surely eager to see Serena back on the court. She still has some unfinished business left this year – winning another Grand Slam. So, her comeback at the US Open will be a much-anticipated one, to say the least.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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