“Insane and Super Intense”: Serena Williams Shares Her Experience at Australian Open 2021 Bubble With Stephen Colbert

Published 01/26/2021, 1:56 PM EST


The top three WTA and ATP players including Serena Williams are currently under the Australian Open 2021 bubble in Adelaide. A number of players have admitted that the quarantine protocols are quite strict there. The management has allowed players to go out but only for a total of five hours in order to train themselves.

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Recently, Serena Williams spoke on the conditions in her quarantine in an exclusive interview with the renowned American comedian Stephen Colbert. She believes that even though the rules are strict there, the conditions are really good.

“Yeah, it’s (quarantine rules) super super strict,” began Williams in a recent interview. “But, it’s really good. So, Australia right now has, the last I heard, zero cases of Covid. So that is unbelievable, right? That is really amazing.” 

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Serena mentioned that Australia had somehow managed to control the coronavirus cases lately. She also talked about the rules and procedure of the quarantine.

“So, when we come here in Australia, everyone has to quarantine in a room for 14 days. It’s insane and super intense but it’s super good because after that you can have a new normal like we were used to last time this year in the United States,” added the 39-year-old American player.

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Although Williams said that she was facing a lot of problems because of her 3-year-old daughter Olympia, she praised Tennis Australia for their efforts. She even highlighted that the management is making sure that everyone is safe at the Grand Slam.

Serena Williams of the USA celebrates with daughter Alexis Olympia after winning the final match against Jessica Pegula of USA at ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

“They’re doing it right. It’s definitely hard with a 3-year-old to be in the hotel all day. But, it’s worth it because you want everyone to be safe at the end of the day,” concluded Williams.

Williams is right now training with her sister Venus Williams in Adelaide. She will begin her 2021 campaign at the Australian Open 2021 soon and will look to win her 24th Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year. Will Williams end her drought and lift her first Grand Slam title after almost four years?

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