The Australian Open tennis tournament has returned to a format that was introduced in 2016, and is being hailed as the biggest event in the sport.
But for one player, it’s a very different story.
The Australian Open has returned, but the game is changing.
“It’s hard for me to describe the moment I first realized that tennis was going to be the big game in the world,” tennis star Serena Williams said.
The world No 1 was inspired by her time with a team of Australian coaches, and watched their lessons on YouTube.
“The lessons were very helpful, and they taught me a lot about the game,” Williams said of the Australian Open’s format.
The Australian Rules Tennis Association says the format was introduced to make tennis more competitive and fair, and it has been the subject of much debate and controversy.
But Williams’ coach, Andrew Miller, says the change was necessary because of the decline of the sport in Australia.
“[It’s] something that has been going on for quite some time, but there’s a real need to bring it back to the level of play that the players, coaches and the fans deserve,” Miller said.
Williams, who won her first Australian Open title in February 2018, says it has become easier to see the game through to the end.
“When I first started playing tennis, I was a little intimidated by the sport,” Williams told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“But now, when I’m playing on the main court, I can see it clearly, and I don’t have to worry about the ball hitting the floor.”
So I can play in the same way I played in the past, without having to worry if it hits the court.
“She also believes the format has improved her game.”
It has made me a better player, because I can hit the ball as far as I want and it doesn’t matter where I am, I’m going to hit it wherever it goes,” Williams added.”
I’m not worried about my shot, I just need to be able to hit the shot.
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