‘Second Service’ tennis news: Serena Williams insists she’s not retired, Nadal to play in Paris and Turin
Looking back on the big tennis news in our exclusive ‘Second Service’… Serena Williams not ruling out a return to tennis, as Nadal’s coach confirms that Rafa will play in Turin and Paris, and more.
To start this tennis news roundup, Serena Williams has dropped further hints that she may return to professional tennis despite turning 41 last month.
While she had written an essay describing herself as ‘evolving away from tennis’ the racket is not well and truly hung up according to Williams.
“The chances (of a return) are very high,” she said at a conference promoting her investment company, Serena Ventures. “You can come to my house, I have a court.
“I am not retired.”
In other tennis news, Rafael Nadal will return to play the Paris Masters and ATP Finals according to his coach Carlos Moya.
The 22-time Slam champion has only played Laver Cup doubles since exiting in the fourth round of the US Open in early September. While doubt surrounded Nadal as to whether he would continue in 2022, Moya suggested his compatriot has been training well for a comeback
“Before arriving in Turin, you have to play matches in Paris, which are similar,” Moya told Balearic television station IB3.
Furthermore, Simona Halep would never to her own knowledge take a banned substance according to her former coach Darren Cahill.
The Australian said so in support of his former charge as the two-time Slam champion received a provisional suspension after testing positive for Roxadustat at the US Open. Halep is adamant that she would never cheat to gain an advantage, and Cahill agrees.
“Even though I’m no longer working with Simona, I’d like to speak clearly to the person I know and the athlete that I worked with for 6 years,” Cahill begins a caption on his Instagram. “Firstly, and most importantly, there is NO chance Simona knowingly or purposely took any substance on the banned list. None. Zero.”
To conclude, Novak Djokovic will compete for a record-extending seventh Paris Masters title ahead of the season-ending Finals in Turin. his coach Goran Ivanisevic suggested the question remained as to whether he would play in Paris. Now the man himself has answered that question.
“I’m going to Paris,” he told Sportal. “I am preparing for the last two tournaments of the year, the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals. I feel good.
“These last two competitions, in Astana and Tel Aviv, and the titles won have raised my level of confidence as well as my motivation.”