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Serena Williams describes break as ‘a necessary evil’, but says she is feeling ‘better than ever’

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Tennis has been on an enforced hiatus since the start of March due to the coronavirus pandemic while Williams’ break stretches even further back as she last played competitive tennis at the start of February when she completed in the Davis Cup qualifying with the United States.

However, hindsight has been a wonderful thing as the 23-time Grand Slam says her “body needed” a bit of time off.

“I really look forward to getting back on the court. It’s what I do best. I absolutely love playing,” Williams said during an Instagram Live yoga session with her sister Venus Williams.

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“But this break is a necessary evil. I felt like my body needed it, even though I didn’t want it. And now I’m feeling better than ever. I’m feeling more relaxed, more fit. Now I’m just like: Now I can go out and play real tennis.”

When Serena asked her Venus what she was looking forward to once things return to normal, the seven-time Grand Slam winner replied: “I like to go out and I just want to be on top of a rooftop bar with champagne in my hand and just having a good time, dancing.”

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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