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Serena Williams

Serena Williams: Everyone in England is so proper


Serena Williams on how everyone in England is “so proper, super-cool and super-relaxed”. The American also told me, “when you arrive at Wimbledon, everything just hits you, ‘I’m at Wimbledon’. It’s la creme de la creme, if you what I mean?”

Serena Williams on her relationship with the British public: “I love England. I hope I have a good relationship with the public. I’ve always enjoyed being there. People seem to be pretty nice. You know, everyone in England is so proper, so it’s not like they are bothering you and hounding you for autographs. It’s so cool, it’s the only place in the world where everyone is super-cool and super-relaxed. I can see people looking at me and I hear people whispering, and then you turn around. That’s kind of cool. I spend a lot of time in Wimbledon Village. I think almost every player stays in the Village, so you spend a lot of time there. I don’t know how many years I’ve been going there. Maybe people have just got used to our faces, and seeing us around.”

Serena on playing at Wimbledon: “I feel when I arrive at Wimbledon, the whole air hits you, the atmosphere is different. Everything just hits you, it’s like, ‘I’m at Wimbledon’. It’s la creme de la creme, do you know what I mean? It’s just a different feeling, and I love that. It’s funny, though, as grass isn’t my favourite surface. When I tell people I’m not crazy about grass, they’re like, ‘reallly?’ And I say: ‘No, I’m not crazy about it, as you gets lots of bad bounces, and all kinds of stuff happens’.”

Serena on watching British television: “All the best shows in England come to America and get famous. The Weakest Link, The Office. I love British TV. My Mom watches a ton of shows. She watches EastEnders.”