Serena Williams announces six-week self isolation

The tennis icon shared her decision of only being with her husband Alexis Ohanian and 2-year-old daughter Olympia during the coronavirus outbreak.

Serena Williams and baby girl. (Photograph: by Mario Testino, Vogue, February 2018)

Forgoing her enormously busy schedule as a 23-Grand Slam-winning tennis icon, fashion designer and serial entrepreneur, Serena Williams, shared her decision of only being with her husband Alexis Ohanian and 2-year-old daughter Olympia during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Spending the next 6 weeks in solitude. Being a wife. Being a mom. Cooking. Cleaning. Spring cleaning,” Williams said in an Instagram video. “Face mask. Makeup tutorials. I’ll let you know how it goes…. stay safe everyone. This is serious.”

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In January, Williams participated in the 2020 Australian Open and also the Fed Cup a month later. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has the upcoming Miami Open and the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina, CBS Sports reports. Two additional international tournaments have been canceled with a decision for the European clay-court tournaments coming in the next week. The men’s tennis tour is currently on a six-week suspension.

The virus currently is rapidly spreading across the world, leading to a shut down of major sports and businesses. Late Saturday evening, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood tested positive for the virus, ESPN reports.

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Wood became the third player in the NBA to test positive for the virus since Wednesday. After originally deciding to play games without crowds, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus, prompting tests for his teammates and other players he may have come in contact with.

Wood and the Pistons were one of the teams that faced the Jazz, losing 111-105 last Saturday. Previously, Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell was named to have the coronavirus. The Raptors announced all of their tests came back negative.

Along with tennis and the NBA, the NHL and soccer leagues across the world have been canceled. The 2020 men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments have also been canceled.

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