Serena Williams poses with the U.S. Open trophy in Central Park. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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.