Venus Williams: If it is safe to play, I really want to play the US Open
Former World No. 1 Venus Williams says she hopes to play the upcoming US Open Grand Slam event in New York, during a Q&A with her fans on her YouTube Channel.
Venus Williams says she hopes to play the US Open next month
While several players have expressed concern about playing the tournament, Williams, who is based in the U.S.
and is currently playing the World TeamTennis event this week, says, “God willing you will see me in New York. If it is safe to play, I really want to play the US Open. A lot of people are asking: what about the crowds? What about the fans? The US Open stadium is packed, it’s like 20,000 people or 40,000 people or 60,000 people—it’s a lot of people.
And the feeling, the atmosphere there, it’s crazy…You feel like everyone’s your biggest cheerleader there. So right now a crowd would be dangerous. I really want to play tennis. Is that bad? Should I feel guilty about that? I want to go back to work just like most people.
I want to do what I do well. I don’t want to sit at home and not have that goal, not have that challenge in my life. That’s just very personal. I do believe we have to go back to work. Sports is like every other business or every other job—it’s a job”.
Venus' sister Serena has also said that she plans to play the US Open event in New York. As of now, the US Open is scheduled to begin on August 31st in New York and the tennis tours have decided to also host the Cincinnati Masters event in New York this year to create a bubble for the players.
Venus Williams has won 7 Grand Slam singles titles in her career and has also won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles in her career. Williams has also won four Olympic gold medals, one in singles and three in women's doubles, along with a silver medal in mixed doubles and she is the only tennis player to have won a medal at four Olympic Games.