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In an interview on Thursday at Roland Garros, Mouratoglou said Williams had been told to “rest for 15 days” before returning to action.

“It’s a muscular injury, and if she had continued here, it would probably have become a tear,” Mouratoglou said. “So in 15 days, it should normally be healed, and she will be able to play again.”
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In Mouratoglou’s view, the double duty contributed to her risk of injury in Paris.

Will she play doubles at Wimbledon, too?

“If she does, the same thing to me again, it’s incredible,” he said. “Normally no and with the discussion we had afterward, it’s impossible. But with her, you never know. She’s unpredictable.”
 

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What a relief!

Is it true that doubles is a point of contention between Venus and Patrick?
That Patrick never wants Serena to play dubs but Venus convinces her?

I hope Serena takes this advice seriously and doesn't play doubles again at Wimbledon.
Gotta admit, I do love watching those 2 play as a team but best to let that go, for now anyway.
 

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Thanks for posting! :bounce:
What a relief!

Is it true that doubles is a point of contention between Venus and Patrick?
That Patrick never wants Serena to play dubs but Venus convinces her?

I hope Serena takes this advice seriously and doesn't play doubles again at Wimbledon.
Gotta admit, I do love watching those 2 play as a team but best to let that go, for now anyway.
Patrick said a few days ago that he has been against Serena doing doubles for the last few years, which is not surprising. As to whether it is Venus who convinces her to play, I think that is very unlikely. It's not at all the kind of person Venus is. If anything, I think she would be reticent to ask Serena to play doubles since she knows how far Serena always goes in the singles draw and how important these singles records are to her. I am certain that it's Serena who insists on playing doubles and overrides the Mastermind Veto.
 

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Thanks for posting! :bounce:
What a relief!

Is it true that doubles is a point of contention between Venus and Patrick?
That Patrick never wants Serena to play dubs but Venus convinces her?

I hope Serena takes this advice seriously and doesn't play doubles again at Wimbledon.
Gotta admit, I do love watching those 2 play as a team but best to let that go, for now anyway.
You know, I took it to mean that for now they're on the same page - that they agree the doubles is what likely contributed the most to this issue. But I think he's saying that when Wimbledon comes around and she's feeling better, and if Venus wants to play the dubs with her.......Serena might change her mind. There are some things that get lost in translation with Patrick, though, so let's just make sure she shows up to Wimbledon first, lol.

I have to agree with you, I want to watch them play together but maybe next year (when she'll be in even better shape) or post-25 would be the best time to do it - it's pretty much just the slams where they play anyway.
 

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Why can't Venus just retire? I don't like her losing to no names players. I think she has done enough for tennis. But when she lost 2 out of 4 finals last season...it's time to hang up the boots.
 

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Why can't Venus just retire? I don't like her losing to no names players. I think she has done enough for tennis. But when she lost 2 out of 4 finals last season...it's time to hang up the boots.
This is not a fair assessment of Venus's career as of late. If 99% of the tour had this mindset they would all retire. Venus had one of the best years in slams, and any player would die to have that kind of success. Imagine Madison Keys or K. Pliskova in two slam finals and a SF. People would say she was a rising star of the WTA. I understand we expect a lot out of both sisters, but it's not fair to water down their accomplishments when Venus especially outshone the rest of the tour last year. The only ones who did better at Slams were the three who actually won (Serena, Mug, and Sloane). Yes it was disappointing that she lost, but the same can be said about Mug losing in the Semis and Halep losing in Australia. No ones telling them to retire...
 

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I think the dubs have been a big help in their career and within major tournaments. There are a few isolated incidents where it clearly cost them (Serena at AO 13, Venus against Errani at the USO 14, etc.) but for the most part it has led to both of their successes. I think doubles at Wimbledon '16 really helped Serena buckle down for #22 and it helped propel Venus back to the latter stages of slam contention after YEARS of being away. It was also instrumental in Serena's return to the top in 2012 (which ultimately propelled her into being the GOAT). I actually think it probably helped at RG even if it was ultimately her undoing. Not sure she would have been able to pull out of the Barty match or perform the way she did against Goerges if not for the dubs.

As for Venus retiring, if she followed that logic, she would have retired in 2011/2012 and never had the opportunity to make 2 more GS Finals, 2 SFs, and a lot of other runs, titles, medals, etc. I agree that her year has been shit, but in context it's not as bad. The Wang loss was bad, but this is a girl that had BPs to finish her off in straights in round 2 at Wimbledon where she eventually made the Final. She got hosed in Australia with nightmare R1s. She lost on clay to an in form clay specialist on a hot streak. She had pretty good runs at the Sunshine Double and was 2 points away from an IW Final (which given how bad that surface is for her, that's huge).

Venus won't get the chances she got last year, even if she had the same form. Everything came together last year. She peaked accordingly for each major and didn't have her body betray her. The opportunity was there for her to win any of those 4 majors (and Singapore).

With the absence of Serena and a few other top players, it was a transitional year where Venus was able to capitalize due to her experience (her form & improved tactics/tennis IQ also helped). A lot of the younger players were green and not established. The top of the game is starting to settle and more of those young girls are established players now as opposed to 12 months ago. For example, she was able to gut out that Osaka match at Wimbledon largely because of her experience. If Venus were in the same form today and they played this year, I'm not confident how that match would turn out.

I think Venus can win Wimbledon any given year if she plays to her potential. I'm not sure she could win the other 3 majors like she had the opportunity to in 2017. The US Open was teed up for her. There will never be another opportunity like that again. Would have been a glorious slam win. Likely a return to #1. Probably POTY accolades. A media tour for the ages. Ugh. I will stay bitter about that passing shot when I'm old and decrepit at the nursing home.
 

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You know, I took it to mean that for now they're on the same page - that they agree the doubles is what likely contributed the most to this issue. But I think he's saying that when Wimbledon comes around and she's feeling better, and if Venus wants to play the dubs with her.......Serena might change her mind. There are some things that get lost in translation with Patrick, though, so let's just make sure she shows up to Wimbledon first, lol.

I have to agree with you, I want to watch them play together but maybe next year (when she'll be in even better shape) or post-25 would be the best time to do it - it's pretty much just the slams where they play anyway.
Once Serena gets to 25 in Singles I then want her to get the Mixed Doubles titles at the Australian Open & French Open to wrap up the Grand Slam Boxed Set but in the mean time Venus can get the Mixed Doubles Career Grand Slam by winning Wimbledon & US Open in Mixed and I think this year's Wimbledon would be the ideal chance for Venus to finally complete her set of Wimbledon titles she hasn't won the Mixed Doubles title there she lost the 2006 Final in Mixed at Wimbledon.
 
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