Serena Williams is fearless on the tennis court, but when she’s walking around her Florida neighbourhood she prefers to play it safe.
The 23-time grand slam champion took to Instagram on Tuesday to recount her unexpected encounter with an alligator.
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Williams said she was strolling through her neighbourhood when she noticed one of the massive reptiles floating in the water.
“I’m not trying to get too close, because I’ll be the first to go. I ain’t trying to go out like that,” she said in the video.
“I’m far away, too, because they’re fast, and right now, I’m not running at my fastest.”
Williams maintained a safe distance from the creature, cracking a timely joke about the space between them.
“He’s social distancing! I know that’s right. You stay six feet,” she said.
She zoomed in closer and mused aloud if the alligator was actually a “rock formation”, but moments later it began to move.
“Oh Lord, have mercy. Look at that. Hecks to the no. Oh lord. Oh no. That’s a gator I tell you. That’s a gator. I see a gator and that gator, he ain’t gonna get me,” she said as her camera started to shake.
Williams then signed off to put more “social distance” between herself and the alligator.
“Y’all stay safe,” she said. “I’m scared - I’m out of here.”
Serena going ‘crazy’ in isolation
Williams recently admitted self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic has left her ‘crazy’ around her daughter Olympia.
Serena has found herself with much more spare time than normal following a raft of tournament cancellations due to the global pandemic.
The 38-year-old announced last month that she was embarking on six weeks of self-imposed ‘solitude’ to try and limit the threat of coronavirus.
The American decided that she would only spend time with her family, however she's now revealed the impact that her time alone has had on her psychologically.
In a series of videos posted on her TikTok account, Williams said she's been left ‘sad’ about how she's acted around her two-year-old daughter, Olympia.
“Now I've been social distancing for actually a really long time, for probably two weeks now, and every little thing makes me crazy,” Williams said.
“Any time anyone sneezes around me or coughs I get crazy.
“She (Olympia) coughed, I got angry and gave her a side-eye. I gave her that 'angry Serena' and then I got sad. I was like: 'Is she OK? Is there something wrong with my daughter? Is there anything I can do?'
“I just don't know what to do, so instead of being relaxed I'm really under a ton of stress.”
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