Ask Gary: Covering Queen Serena and her sister

by Gary Shelton on September 12, 2015 · 1 comment

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Avid tennis fan here. Looking forward to seeing whether Serena can win the calendar grand slam this weekend at the US Open. Have you interviewed Serena? What's your impression of her?

Rick Martin

Ouch. Friday must have been tough for you, since Serena lost in one of the biggest upsets in the history of tennis. It's a shame. I always pull for an event, a Grand Slam or a perfect game.

Yes, I've interviewed Serena in several Wimbledons. I would describe her as ... regal. It was obvious the media wasn't the group she was the most comfortable with. A lot of great athletes have an everyman appeal, and right or wrong, they give off the impression they'd be fun to have a beer with. With Serena, you always feel like she was the celebrity in the room. And why shouldn't she be? There are always critics in the crowd, those who don't think she has played enough, or think she's too

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