Serena Williams Back in the Pink?

Serena Williams back on the practice court

Serena Williams is back in the pink? This photo appeared on her Twitter account today with the message that she had hit the practice court again. “Look who I spotted on the court. . .’’ she tweeted. “Her first day back. . .’’

She has been out since winning Wimbledon in July, first hurting her foot and then developing blood clots in her lungs. So what does this photo mean? A few things: Women’s tennis, with all of its biggest stars either leaving the game or struggling, might be about to get its biggest one back. Just speculation, but maybe she can be back in time to defend her Wimbledon title, if not to play at the French Open in six weeks.

Also, she really likes for people to look at her.

This does not look like an outfit people practice in unless they know cameras might be around. Why is she wearing that? Whatever, Williams’ agent, Jill Smoller, told The New York Times that this wasn’t just a photo shoot, but an actual first practice.

Earlier in the day, Williams had Tweeted: “Cool news guys stay tuned. .Ill update u with pic..U ready??’’

Also this: “Back on the shakes. And mental rehab. Looking into lobotomy options today…LOl (Seriously)’’

Williams has said over the past few months that her spirits have been down. But if her tweets are any sign, that might be changing. She also has been writing recently about pulling all-nighters with her friends.

She is reportedly on blood thinners now to reduce the dangers of clotting, but that could lead to its own complications. If she were to cut herself somehow while playing, it could be difficult to stop the bleeding. In March, she said her goal was to be back by early summer. Smoller told the Associated Press that Williams is taking things day-by-day to see how she feels.

But this was a first step back.


About gregcouch

I can talk tennis all day long, and often do. And yet some of the people I talk to about it might rather I talk about something else. Or with someone else. That’s how it is with tennis, right? Sort of an addiction. Sort of a high. I am a national columnist at and a FoxSports1 TV insider, and have been a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. In 2010, I was the only American sports writer to cover the full two weeks of all four majors, and also to cover each of the U.S. Masters series events. I’ve seen a lot of tennis, talked with a lot of players, coaches, agents. I watched from a few rows behind the line judge as Serena rolled her foot onto the baseline for the footfault, a good call, at the 2009 U.S. Open. I sat forever watching a John Isner marathon, leaving for Wimbledon village to watch an England World Cup soccer game at a pub and then returning for hours of Isner, sitting a few feet from his wrecked coach. I got to see Novak Djokovic and Robin Soderling joke around on a practice court on the middle Sunday at Wimbledon, placing a small wager on a tiebreaker. Djokovic won, and Soderling pulled a bill out of his wallet, crumpled it into his fist and threw it at Djokovic, who unwadded it, kissed it, and told me, “My work is done here.’’ And when Rafael Nadal won the French Open in 2010, I finished my column, walked back out onto the court, and filled an empty tic tac container with the red clay. I’m looking at it right now. Well, I don’t always see the game the same way others do. I can be hard on tennis, particularly on the characters in suits running it. Tennis has no less scandal and dirt than any other game. Yet somehow, it seems to be covered up, usually from an incredible web of conflicts of interest. I promise to always tell the truth as I see it. Of course, I would appreciate it if you’d let me know when I’m wrong. I love sports arguments and hope to be in a few of them with you here. Personal info: One-handed backhand, serve-and-volleyer. View all posts by gregcouch

One response to “Serena Williams Back in the Pink?

  • Paula V.

    Serena and Venus are well known for their outrageous outfits. Although, if Serena is planning her comeback at Wimbledon, I don’t think the hot pink number will go over well. White may be even worse. There is a possibility that she is wearing a compression suit to help with circulation. That may allow her to “kill two birds with one stone” — take the proper health precautions while playing, and be the one-of-a-kind diva that we all know she is.

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