Tennis star Serena Williams offered a dose of brutal honesty during a recent press conference after being asked about her mood.
Us Weekly reports that the 33-year-old star athlete did not hold very much back when asked why she wasn’t smiling after her impressive U.S Open win against her sister Venus.
“Normally, you’re smiling when you win. You laugh. What is this tonight? Is it because you beat Venus? Are you thinking about what’s coming up next?”
At first glance, it was obvious that Serena Williams was extremely tired and exhausted from her physically demanding day.
After taking a brief pause and looking down, Serena answered the reporter’s question honestly and more than likely gave him a lot more than he expected.
“It’s 11:30… To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t want to be here. I just want to be in bed right now and I have to wake up early to practice. And I don’t want to answer any of these questions. You guys keep asking me the same questions… You’re not making it super enjoyable. Just being honest.”
During a later interview with the Associated Press, Serena Williams made it clear that nothing changed about her relationship with her sister after the match.
“Obviously we are very, very tough competitors on the court. But once the match is over, the second it’s done, you know, we’re sisters, we’re roommates, and we’re all that.”
Serena Williams is not the first star athlete to shut down a reporter’s question.
Leading up to the Super Bowl, Marshawn Lynch made headlines with his brutal honesty and apparent refusal to provide worthwhile responses to questions asked by the media.
According to USA Today, the Seattle Seahawks running back made it clear that he did not want to participate in a media day by continuously using the statement “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” to answer nearly 20 different questions.
The report further states that Lynch has decided to capitalize on the popularity of that now-iconic line by filing for a trademark with the U.S Patents Office.
Treating my Monday like Marshawn Lynch. “I’m just here so I don’t get fired.” pic.twitter.com/Vij6WzKvh4
— JoeDaddy (@Joe_Daddy_) August 3, 2015
It did not take very long for social media to draw comparisons between Serena Williams and Marshawn Lynch because of the way that she decided to shut down a reporter with her own dose of blunt honesty.
Next press conf, Serena should walk out w/ Marshawn as her “disdain translator.” https://t.co/O4xVMKznNd
— Hugh C. McBride (@hughcmcbride) September 10, 2015
Serena be Marshawn Lynching I love it
— Worl B Free (@LopoLaugh) September 10, 2015
If Serena and Marshawn Lynch had a child, I’m 99.9% sure that baby would grow up to be Superman. pic.twitter.com/VzKYeRcCpp
— Peter Gibbons (@shotofinsolence) September 10, 2015
Perhaps Serena Williams can capitalize on “You’re not making it super enjoyable” or just the introductory phrase of “to be perfectly honest with you.”
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