Serena Williams on Proposed WTA African Tour Event: “Host it in Kenya, It is One of My Favorite Places.”


Tennis icon and Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has opened up for the first time to talk about her return to the court, which is expected to be this week at the WTA Tour at Indian Wells in California.

In her exclusive interview with BBC Sport, the The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion admitted that her road to hit ground running has been nothing but a rough patch.

“It’s been hard,” she said.

“There have been so many days, even still, when I’m like, ‘how am I going to keep going?’

But now, having played an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in late December and a doubles rubber for the US Fed Cup team against the Netherlands last month, she says the time is right for her to return.

“I’m ready, or else I wouldn’t be here,” she said.

“If I’m not ready now, I’m just never going to be ready. I feel in two months I’ll be way better than I am now, but you have to start somewhere. I don’t want to keep sitting on the sidelines and thinking about it.”

On the proposal to schedule a  WTA Tour event in Africa, which would be a first for the continent, Serena had this to say:

“It is something I have thought about and I would like to keep thinking about it. I’m glad you brought it up because I think it would be amazing. It would be so fun – the help that we could do, and the awareness and the athletes and the amazing players that would come out of Africa would just be unbelievable.”

 The WTA Tour is an elite professional tennis circuit organised by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

She said Kenya is where she would want the event to take place, adding “it’s one of my favourite places to go, so why not?”