As she revs up for a 20th Wimbledon appearance, seven-time champion Serena Williams is thanking the tennis tech gods for helping her to stay on court at age 39.
The sixth seed said that back in the day she likely would not be lacing up her shoes to compete when the grass-court major starts on Monday.
“I think technology has played a huge role in (extending careers). The way we view the game, the way we recover, the way our shoes are made, the way the equipment is made,” Williams said on Sunday.
“I feel like technology is huge to myself and Roger (Federer, also 39) playing so long.”
Williams said that due to innovation, retirement ages in sport are rising steadily in many notable cases.
“Normally people retire at 29, 30, before. 29, 30,32 was the max. But I feel like there are several players at that age now who are just hitting their stride.
“It’s a combination of everything, including technology.”
Main photos:- Serena Williams prepares for practice at Aorangi Park by AELTC/David Gray