It’s one of the cruel realities of winning a Grand Slam title: the post-victory media blitz. There is no going out to celebrate with your team until 6 a.m. or, for the introverts of the world, crawling under your covers and opening the hotel room door for no one but room service. Last year, Andy Murray drank nothing but a lemon soda as his team racked up a $6,400 bill at a fancy New York restaurant after he won his first major title, and then tried to get to bed before rousing early for his media engagements.
This year, Serena Williams, who beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 in the U.S. Open final Sunday, tweeted just after midnight that she was hitting the sack and, sure enough, she was up early to make the morning-show rounds and pose for the traditional champion’s photo shoot.
Williams’ television appearances included CBS This Morning, Good Morning America and Live! With Kelly and Michael. On CBS, the 17-time major champion joked that she wouldn’t be retiring for another 20 years and showed off her agility in sidestepping a question about her personal relationship with “coaching consultant” Patrick Mouratoglou.
“You don’t mix business and pleasure,” Williams said, after being asked about photos of her “canoodling” with Mouratoglou. “I’m a firm believer in not mixing business and pleasure,” she said, before bringing the conversation back to their professional relationship.
Williams, 31, also said she’s trying not to think about whether she’s playing the best tennis of her career.
“I do know for a fact, though, that I’m having a lot of fun out there,” she said. “Is it my best tennis? I don’t know. I don’t like to think about that. I think when I’m all done, when I put up my racket in 20 years, then I’ll be able to say this was my best moment or that was my best moment, so I really can’t answer that question right now.”
You can see the full CBS This Morning interview here:
On Good Morning America, Robin Roberts asked Williams about bouncing back after squandering a two-break lead at 4-1 in the second set:
And on Live!, the hosts joked about Serena’s difficulties with her dress under the windy conditions and marveled at her big serve:
Here are some photos from Williams’ busy day: