Serena’s Weight: Our Problem or Hers?
Apparently we are talking about Serena’s weight. Again.
Until today, discussion around Serena’s first-round exit in Roland Garros had predominately revolved around her mental state and whether she was carrying an injury. But with just a hint of gossip the talk has twisted from the normal chitchat that occurs when a top seed crashes out early to whether Serena has become lazy and gained weight. A confident of Serena’s, (if that job is as it sounds, they’re failing at it), has claimed Serena gained weight after Charleston and wasn’t practising as hard she claimed.
A few months ago, Serena won Charleston playing what she considered some of the best tennis of her life. Then she came to Madrid and made short work of the competition which included two of her current rivals, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova. Following Madrid – which was played on a pretty fast clay court – she headed to Rome where she withdrew due to a back injury. Serena claimed it was precautionary and she would head into Roland Garros fully fit.
It’s hard to imagine a top-seeded male, (particularly one in his 30s coming back from injury), having an early loss in a Grand Slam and gossip circulating around his weight. It’s also hard to imagine I’d ever be writing about a male tennis player’s weight or his assumed laziness. Especially after a series of victories in which he installed himself as the bookie’s favourite.
Serena pulled out of Rome with a back injury after winning back to back tournaments. She was then snapped getting treatment on her ankle in a couple of practise sessions. Serena admitted she was nervous and it’s clear the pressure for her to win a Slam post-injury is immense. Perhaps her back troubled her, perhaps the ankle, perhaps the mind. But I doubt very much it was an addiction to burgers and a lack of motivation.
If there’s an issue with how Serena looks, it belongs to the media and their preoccupation with women’s weight.
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