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  • >> Stephen: HEY, EVERYBODY! WELCOME BACK TO "A LATE SHOW."

  • SHE IS A SPORTS ICON WHO HAS WON 23 GRAND SLAM SINGLES TITLES AND

  • FOUR OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS.

  • SHE'S NOW PREPARING FOR THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN.

  • PLEASE WELCOME TO "A LATE SHOW," FROM ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA,

  • SERENA WILLIAMS.

  • SERENA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE!

  • >> HI, THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

  • >> Stephen: HOW IS TOMORROW?

  • BECAUSE IT'S NOON THERE OR SOMETHING, ISN'T IT?

  • >> I KNOW.

  • TOMORROW IS GOOD.

  • YOU KNOW, I'M A LITTLE BIT IN THE FUTURE, SO I THINK IT'S

  • GOING TO BE GOOD.

  • >> Stephen: NOW, I HAVE HAD THE CHANCE TO TALK TO YOUR

  • HUSBAND MANY TIMES, ACTUALLY HAD HIM ON THE SHOW IN 2018, AND,

  • YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS EVERYBODY HAS IS YOU GUYS SEEM

  • LIKE A HAPPY LOVING COUPLE BUT NOBODY EXPECTED BUN TO HAVE THE

  • GREATEST ATHLETES OF ALL TIME TO MARRY A SELF-PROFESSED MEASURE

  • LIKE ALEXIS.

  • HOW DOES THAT WORK?

  • HE SAYS YOU'RE A NERD, TOO, A TRUE NERD.

  • WHAT'S YOUR NERD CRED?

  • >> I DO HAVE NERD CRED.

  • I HEAR YOU'RE INTO THE LORD OF HINGES, THE HOBBIT.

  • >> Stephen: I AM.

  • I'M KIND OF UP ON THAT.

  • SO THAT'S COOL.

  • I'M REALLY BIG INTO COMICS, THE MARVEL, D.C., THAT KIND OF

  • WORLD.

  • >> Stephen: ARE YOU WATCHING WANDA VISION?

  • ARE YOU ENJOYING THAT?

  • >> I'M A BINGE WATCHER, SO IT'S HARD FOR ME TO PICK UP SOMETHING

  • WHEN THERE'S ONLY ONE SEASON, BUT I DID CRACK AND ACTUALLY

  • WATCHED IT YEPPED.

  • IT'S DEFINITELY TRIPPY.

  • >> Stephen: IT'S SUPER TRIPPY.

  • MY VERDICT IS OUT ON IT.

  • >> Stephen: AS A TOLKIEN FAN, DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE CHARACTER

  • FROM "THE LORD OF THE RINGS"?

  • >> I DON'T KNOW, IT'S HARD TO NOT LOVE SAM, YOU KNOW.

  • I ACTUALLY, EVERY TIME I SEE THE FELLOWSHIP WITH A RING, THERE'S

  • A SCENE WHERE I ACTUALLY CRY BECAUSE SAM IS SO -- HIS

  • FRIENDSHIP IS UNBELIEVABLE.

  • >> Stephen: THAT'S RIGHT.

  • THIS IS THE RIGHT ANSWER.

  • YOU PASSED THE TEST!

  • YOU'RE IN AUSTRALIA RIGHT NOW AS I WAS JUST TELLING THE PEOPLE

  • HERE.

  • WHAT'S THE QUARANTINE LIKE DOWN UNDER?

  • DO THEY HAVE STRICT QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS DOWN THERE?

  • >> YEAH, IT'S SURE SURE STRICT, BUT IT'S REALLY GOOD.

  • AUSTRALIA NOW, THE LAST I HEARD, THEY HAD ZERO CASES OF COVID.

  • >> Stephen: WOW!

  • O THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE, RIGHT?

  • THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

  • SO THAT IS REALLY AMAZING.

  • SO WHEN WE COME HERE IN AUSTRALIA, EVERYONE HAS TO

  • QUARANTINE IN A ROOM FOR 14 DAYS, AND IT'S INSANE AND SUPER

  • INTENSE BUT IT'S SUPER GOOD BECAUSE AFTER THAT YOU CAN HAVE

  • A NEW NORMAL LIKE WHAT WE WERE USED TO THIS TIME LAST YEAR IN

  • THE UNITED STATES.

  • SO THEY'RE DOING IT RIGHT.

  • IT'S DEFINITELY HARD WITH A 3-YEAR-OLD TO BE IN THE HOTEL

  • ALL DAY, BUT IT'S WORTH IT BECAUSE YOU WANT EVERYONE TO BE

  • SAFE AT THE END OF THE DAY.

  • >> Stephen: NOW, YOU MENTIONED YOUR DAUGHTER.

  • WE ARE BIG FANS OF OLYMPIA.

  • >> YES, OLYMPIA.

  • >> Stephen: LOOK AT THAT PHOTOGRAPH.

  • SHE LOOKS LIKE A FIERCE COMPETITOR.

  • WHAT'S SHE LIKE ON THE COURT?

  • >> UM, SHE'S A PERFECTIONIST ON THE COURT.

  • NOT QUITE SURE WHERE SHE GOT THAT FROM, BUT, YEAH, SHE LOVES

  • TO -- YOU KNOW WHAT?

  • I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD LET MY DAUGHTER PLAY TENNIS, BUT I'M

  • JUST, LIKE, DURING THIS PANDEMIC, IT WAS THE ONLY THING

  • THAT WE COULD DO SAFELY, AND, SO, I'M, LIKE, WELL, TENNIS IT

  • IS.

  • >> Stephen: AND WHY WOULDN'T YOU WANT HER TO PLAY TENNIS,

  • BECAUSE IT'S JUST ALL CONSUMING?

  • >> IT'S ALL CONSUMING, IT'S STRESSFUL, IT'S A LOT OF WORK,

  • IT'S A HUGE COMMITMENT, AND IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE BIT -- A

  • LITTLE DAB OF PRESSURE ON HER.

  • SO I'M, LIKE, I WOULDN'T ACTUALLY PUT HER IN IT, BUT IF

  • THAT WAS SOMETHING SHE WANTED TO DO, I WOULD ABSOLUTELY BE, LIKE,

  • OH, MY GOSH, YOU COULD DO THAT AND I WOULD SUPPORT HER BUT IT

  • WOULDN'T BE THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO.

  • >> Stephen: YOU'VE GOT 23 GRAND SLAM TITLES.

  • DO YOU HAVE A GIANT TROPHY CASE OR DO YOU KEEP THEM IN THE

  • STORAGE LOCKER OR WHERE ARE THEY?

  • >> THAT IS THE QUESTION OF THE DOUBLE DECADE.

  • I DON'T -- LIKE, I KEEP THEM IN A LOT OF PLACES.

  • MY FIRST GRAND SLAM I LEFT AT MY DAD'S AT THE TIME.

  • AND I SAID I'M GOING TO GELT ANOTHER ONE.

  • AND THAT WAS AT THE U.S. OPEN.

  • AND, OF COURSE, I WAS ABLE TO GET ANOTHER ONE.

  • MY COACH HAS A FEW IN FRANCE.

  • THERE'S SEVERAL IN MY HOUSE.

  • I THINK ONE OR TWO OR THREE OR MISSING.

  • >> Stephen: THEY'RE REALLY VALUABLE, THOUGH.

  • THEY'RE STERLING -- THEY'RE TRAYS AND BIG CUPS AND STUFF

  • LIKE THAT.

  • >> THEY ARE.

  • HONESTLY, I FEEL LIKE I HAD A HOUSE PARTY YEARS AGO AND

  • SOMEONE GOT A LITTLE TOO HAPPY AT IT, AND, LIKE -- I DON'T

  • KNOW, BUT I ALWAYS WONDER, WAIT, IS THAT WHERE ONE OF MY

  • WIMBLEDON TROPHIES WENT?

  • SO FORMERLY I'M NOT REALLY ATTACHED TO THINGS.

  • YOU KNOW, MY SAYING IS YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE.

  • >> Stephen: ACTUALLY, THAT MAKES ME THINK OF SOMETHING.

  • ARE THE CUPS AND THE TRAYS OR WHATEVER, THEY LOOK THE SAME BUT

  • IS IT A NEW ONE EVERY YEAR OR DO YOU HAVE TO GIVE IT BACK IN FOR

  • THE NEXT PERSON LIKE THE STANLEY CUP?

  • >> YEAH, SO, YOU DON'T GET TO KEEP IT ALL.

  • THEY GIVE YOU A RUM CAY.

  • SO WHEN I FIRST STARTED PLAYING, THEY GAVE YOU A REALLY SMALL

  • REPLICA AND NOW A BIGGER REPLICA.

  • THEY'RE, LIKE, CAN I TRADE IN MY SMALLER REPLICAS FOR THE BIGGER

  • ONES?

  • THAT DOESN'T SEEM FAIR.

  • >> NOT QUITE FAIR BUT, YEAH, IT'S COOL, NONETHELESS.

  • IT'S REALLY COOL.

  • SO YOU GET THE REPLICA.

  • >> Stephen: HOW NICE IS THE ONE?

  • WHAT'S THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN?

  • WHAT DO YOU GET?

  • >> YOU GET A GIANT REPLICA OF THAT ONE.

  • THAT ONE'S REALLY NICE.

  • I HAVE A FEW OF THOSE, TOO.

  • >> Stephen: IS IT A CUP OR A TRAY OR SOMETHING YOU COULD PUT

  • NACHOS ON?

  • >> IT'S THIS REALLY COOL TROPHY THAT YOU CAN OPEN IT UP AND --

  • YOU COULD PUT CHIPS IN THERE, I COULD SEE THAT.

  • >> Stephen: SURE.

  • IF YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE IT AT A PARTY, AT LEAST PUT IT TO GOOD

  • USE FIRST.

  • >> IT'S REALLY PERFECT TIMING, ESPECIALLY, YOU KNOW, GETTING

  • READY FOR SUPER BOWL SEASON.

  • USUALLY WE'RE AT HOME FOR THAT, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING TO

  • DO.

  • >> Stephen: USE THAT, AND YOU'RE WELCOME, USE THAT AS A

  • LITTLE MOTIVATION WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING.

  • SAY I HAVE TO WIN THIS BECAUSE -- WHAT?

  • >> YEAH, IT WILL BE A LITTLE MOTIVATION TO HELP ME TO

  • CELEBRATE.

  • SO THAT WILL BE REALLY COOL.

  • >> Stephen: NOW, PEOPLE ARE FINDING -- WELL, THE PRESSURE OF

  • LOCKDOWN IS, WELL, MENTALLY TOUGH TO DO, AND YOU KNOW NOT

  • ONLY KNOWN FOR YOUR VISUAL PROWESS BUT YOUR MENTAL TOUGH

  • NECESSARY.

  • DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR HOW TO GET THROUGH COVID LOCKDOWN,

  • QUARANTINING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAY MENTALLY SHARP.

  • >> FOR ME IT'S HOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE.

  • I THINK 2020 WAS A TOUGH YEAR FOR EVERYONE, IT WAS SO INTENSE,

  • AND WE DON'T WANT TO GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN.

  • SO JUST BEING CAREFUL AND CONSIDERATE AND LISTENING TO

  • PEOPLE THAT REALLY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING, THE PEOPLE THAT

  • ARE ON THE FRONT LINE AND THE WORK, ARE SO IMPORTANT TO LISTEN

  • AND TO TAKE THAT FEEDBACK.

  • BUT IT'S A LOT OF MENTAL TOUGHNESS.

  • WE TALK ABOUT ATHLETES, HOW MENTALLY TOUGH IT IS.

  • ONE THING I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DON'T MENTION, ONE THING I'M

  • DOING FOR A SUPER BOWL ADD IS MICHELOB ULTRA WHERE WE TALK

  • ABOUT ULT STUFF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, IT'S INCREDIBLY A LOT OF

  • MENTAL WORK.

  • THIS SIX WEEKS IS SO MENTAL BUT IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WHAT NO

  • ONE TALKS ABOUT IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF RELAX AND

  • SAY, I DID ALL THIS MENTAL WORK, A LOT OF SUCCESS ISN'T JUST

  • ABOUT BEING PHYSICALLY FIT AND GOING INTO STUFF.

  • YOU HAVE TO HAVE A TIME FOR BALANCE AND LETTING GO.

  • SO I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT NEW SUPER BOWL AD I HAVE THAT