Moments after a reporter asked Venus Williams about the Florida car crash incident, she broke down into tears and walked out of the press conference.
Williams was addressing the media after her first win of the tournament, she had beaten Belgium’s Elise Mertens 7-6, 6-4, in the first round of Wimbledon.
It was her first public appearance since a deadly car crash that involved the American tennis player. According to the police, Williams was allegedly “at fault for violating the right of way” when her vehicle collided with another driver in an intersection at the Palm Beach Gardens in Florida.
A couple was inside the other vehicle, Lisa Barson, 68, who was driving, told the police she had a green light when Williams cut in front of her.
Her 78-year-old husband, Jerome Barson, was in the passenger seat and sustained a head injury after the collusion. Two weeks later he succumbed to his injuries. The lawsuit accused Williams of running at a red light, careless driving and operation of vehicle.
The seven-times major champion made a public comment about the accident before her match on Friday on Facebook.
But when a reporter asked the 37-year-old to comment about the accident, she couldn’t hold back her tears. “There are really no words to describe, like, how devastating and ? yeah. I’m completely speechless,” said an emotionally overwhelmed Williams before leaving the press conference.
Her moderator asked journalist to refrain from questions about the sad incident. The reporters gave the five-time Wimbledon winner a minute to calm her nerves down, before she decided to leave the press conference early. “I think we should go,” she said in a trembling voice.