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.