2015, The Hopman Cup in Perth, Western Australia. Serena was already feeling lethargic and jet lagged before the match. The six straight losses in the first set were uncharacteristic for the 18-time tennis champion. Something needed to change, perhaps an espresso could help—but was it legal? Could caffeine be considered a performance enhancing substance?
Serena looked up at the chair umpire and asked if it was legal to have an espresso before the next match almost laughing at herself for asking. She knew that if it wasn’t illegal, it was definitely unprecedented. The umpire gave her the green light and in minutes someone came to take her order. Just straight espresso shots; black without cream.
Serena continued to smile at herself and later reflected, “’I was just feeling it, so I just had to get some coffee into me,” Williams said. “I just asked them to get me a shot of espresso — I asked them if it was legal, because I’ve never done it before. I needed to wake up.”
The espresso did the trick and turned the entire game around, Serena Williams went on to win the match. She Later she called it her “Miracle” Espresso and responded to her fans on twitter.
Hey everyone I keep telling you I am like you normal, average human being. I need my coffee or expresso in the mornings too. #GoingForOneNow— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) January 6, 2015
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