2004 French Open Diary by Venus Williams
Venus --- My Arrival in Paris
5/23/04 8:22 PM
Hi everyone! I want to thank all of you who took the time to come over to my live chat session Thursday at USAToday.com. For all of you that could not make it scope out what you missed here. There will be more updates everyday that I am in Paris. Be sure to read my French Open diary beginning Tuesday, May 25th in USA Today where I will update you on what's going on at the French Open and, more importantly for some of you, what is going on in my life. You can also see my updates right here on my website.
I am now in Paris. I just flew in today, so my words are fresh from Paris and I am just anticipating the excitement of my first match. I know, everyone wants to know how my ankle is. Well, would I come all this way (nine hour flight, jet lag, yada yada yada) for nothing? I won't go into details just yet , but I am all set to go.
Oh yeah, there's good news: I finally saw Serena. I have not seen her since the Family Cirlce Cup in Charleston - five weeks ago. When I finally arrived at the hotel ( the driver first took me to the tennis center. I remind you that I had JUST arrived from the airport, nine hour flight as you know and tons of luggage, just why, why would I want to go to the tennis center instead of the hotel????) I knew Serena and my mom had also just arrived because I saw Serena's guitar case waiting to be taken up to her room. Not everyone has a Taylor guitar (I copied her and got one too but hers is better).
Heres a Blooper: I just checked in and I was happily on my way to my room, I was dying for sleep and I was so tired that I was delirious from my, you guessed it, nine hour flight. What do you know, someone is already checked into the room! The bags looked familiar, like yeah because the are the bags of my hitting partner! I start making some noise and the doors of the other rooms start opening around me and out pops my mom, right next door! Out pops my physio therapist, on the other side! One big happy family, we are reunited and have a group hug - only because it irks my mom, I mean DJ Funky G (will explain later), when we get all sappy so of course we love to do it. We just have fun, win or lose, but mostly win, of course.
Finally I got the room situation straightened out, important because I was so tired that by then I couldn't even understand English. As I was getting on the elevator to go to my 'real' room I hear Serena coming from all the way down the hall. She looks so cute, her hair is awesome. Even though I have not seen her for five weeks it only seems like one. She is so much fun.
So that's my arrival in Paris. Check USA Today everyday for my French Open diary which will also be posted right here on my website. Okay, I am finally going to get some sleep!!!
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