Serena Williams now out of Rome, too

Serena Williams has been busy on social media, plugging her sponsors and projects – of late, in particular, her docu-series currently running on HBO.

And, of course, her adorable baby girl.


What has received barely a mention? Her tennis.

The last pure tennis posting came more than two months ago, when Williams officially announced her return to the Tour at Indian Wells.

And even that had a promotion for her Serena gold-toned “S” pin, supporting the resource center named for her late sister Yetunde Price.

So she’s coming back. When? That’s still an open question.

Williams travelled to Europe and  has been training at coach Patrick Mouratoglou’s academy.

But she opted not to return this week in Madrid, judging she needed more practice time.

And now, it won’t be in Rome next week, either. Williams has pulled out of that tournament as well.

(Rome, it should be mentioned, was the city where she met her husband Alexis Ohanian, and also the city where he proposed).

She remains entered in the French Open, which begins in less than three weeks.

But unless Williams decides to take a wild card into one of the last tuneup events the week before, in Strasbourg, France or Nürnberg, Germany, she will go in without a single match on clay since she lost in the 2016 Roland Garros final to Garbiñe Muguruza.

Her last match, the fourth match since her comeback after maternity leave, was a first-round loss to Japan’s Naomi Osaka in Miami, on March 22.


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