Serena Williams is planning to keep herself in isolation in an attempt to remain safe from the “serious” coronavirus pandemic.
The 38-year old tennis star, who posted on her Instagram account that said she will spend the next six weeks staying close to her husband, Alexis Ohanian and two-year old daughter Olympia. The message accompanied a short video that showed the 23-time Grand Slam winner getting her makeup done.
“Spending the next 6 weeks in solitude. Being a wife. Being a mom. Cooking. Cleaning. Spring cleaning. Face mask. Makeup tutorials. I’ll let you know how it goes…. stay safe everyone. This is serious,” Williams said.
Williams last competed in the Australian Open in January where she advanced to the third round before falling to Wang Qiang in three sets. She is taking a cautious approach following the news that Rudy Gobert of the Jazz, the first professional athlete to test positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday with teammate Donovan Mitchell.
The tennis world has not been immune to the coronavirus which has suspended or canceled games in the NBA, NHL, MLS and top soccer leagues throughout Europe.
The WTA Tour canceled tournaments for the next five weeks, including the Miami Open which was to be held on Thursday and events held in Mexico and Colombia due to travel restrictions placed by nations because of the virus. All men’s events in the ATP Tour are postponed until April 27.
Her return to the court will be anticipated as Williams, currently ranked ninth in the world, will attempt to tie the all-time tennis major title record of 24 held by Margaret Court.