While there was nothing to suggest Williams had, like certain other champions, abused the TUE system to gain an advantage, the acerbic attitude she displayed to a reasonable question was unsettling, particularly as the only other time she'd been asked it, during a French TV interview in 2016, she walked out. Until I read that article, I didn't realize it was such a discrepancy with me, as well as against the other players that they listed, at least with the American players, both male and female.
And given her profile as a 23-time Grand Slam champion, she is giving new meaning to multitasking mom since returning to the sport - aided by, she was quick to acknowledge Monday, a tremendous support system that includes her mother. It's a great feeling.
Play begins Monday. The 13-day tournament closes with the women's singles final on Saturday, July 14, and the men's singles final on Sunday, July 15. In her case, during tournament time, it has meant getting up early to spend as much time as possible with Olympia and knowing when to pull away and head to the tennis court.
He said of Williams: "She's young, she's fit, she's healthy and probably has a very good lifestyle".
Tougher tests will come for Federer, but it was an ideal opportunity for him to adjust to the courts at SW19, in an arena which must feel like a second home for the eight-time champion.
"It was a little bit in the back of my mind, that I would have a chance, but I didn't put that on it". "It's just about being equal and not centering one person out".
"I felt guilty", Williams said about her time in Paris.
"I'm totally OK with testing and I encourage it", Serena added.
The report stated that the doping control officer arrived at 8.30am and, given Williams was not present, refused to leave until she had been tested - which, for whatever reason, never happened on that particular day. "How can I have a missed test when it's nowhere near the time I should be there?"
But before the umpire could declare "Game, set and match Mrs Williams", the 36-year-old produced 29 unforced errors and needed six match points to finish off her 105th-ranked Dutch opponent.
"It's unfortunate but I guess when you're in my position, you mention my name, people overhear things and they want to tell the press", she said. "You know, I nearly want to feel the need to go out there and be the best that I can be".
She said she went vegan - "Not French fry-eating vegan" - and didn't eat any sugar, but still struggled to get to the weight she should have been at even if she wasn't following that specific diet. I think he was mentioned, as well.
"I'm OK with [the amount of tests I've had this year]. Maybe that's the part I don't like so much - the inconsistency of the places where they test", Federer said. "I talked to her".
"I understand the frustration".
Her baby is ready for the tournament to start too.