Serena Williams seeks 24th grand slam amid coronavirus pandemic

Fears that strict health protocols due to the COVID-19 outbreak could deter the game’s biggest names from competing at this year’s US Open have been somewhat allayed as Serena Williams confirmed she will play the New York event.

Williams, in a video message played during a United States Tennis Association news conference to announce that the August 31-September 13 tournament will proceed without fans, said she misses the excitement of competition.

Serena Williams, pictured after winning the US Open in 2012.Credit:AP

“Ultimately, I really cannot wait to return to New York and play the US Open 2020,” the seven-times champion said.

“I feel like the USTA is going to do a really good job of ensuring everything is amazing and everyone is safe.”

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