He pursued her for a step or two, changed his mind and then wandered around the court a bit before being told to just place it beside her chair.
Well done, young man. The coffee didn’t help Williams, though. Elina Svitolina beat Williams, 6-4, 6-4.
This isn’t the first time that Williams has needed a jolt of java during a match. It was the first thing she requested from her coach during a changeover during her August 15 match against Donna Vekic at the Cincinnati Master.
“Coffee?” she inquired and, after a discussion of strategy, she added, “Can I get it like ASAP?”
She rallied from a first-set loss to win, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, that day, with the coffee clearly helping.
Her sister has turned to coffee at critical, comical moments.
In 2015, Serena Williams asked for an espresso after dropping the first set 6-0 during Hopman Cup play in Australia. She went on to win the next two sets, 6-3, 6-0, from Flavia Pennetta and joked that she had drunk “miracle coffee” even though it was a hot, humid day in Perth.
“Is it illegal to order an espresso?” she asked the chair umpire during a changeover, laughing as she made her request. “I don’t know if it’s allowed. Is it allowed? I’m tired. I’m dead. Can I get a shot of coffee?”