Serena Williams' preseason with a difference continued as she enjoyed a sparring session with former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson.
Serena, along with rising superstar Coco Gauff, is in Boca Raton, Florida to participate in the annual ‘Mouratoglou Preseason’, in which the aim is to bring together current and upcoming players, as well as celebrities from the world of entertainment for a unique team-building opportunity ahead of the upcoming season.
The camp is the brainchild of Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena's coach and a long-time mentor to Coco, who trained at his academy from the age of 10.
As well as Williams, Gauff and Tyson the star-studded cast includes fitness influencer Shaun T, DJ Bob Sinclar and up-and-coming male tennis players Holger Rune and Christopher Eubanks.
Putting on a show off the backhand side 🎩@serenawilliams | Holger Rune pic.twitter.com/oV6pcPyJSt— Mouratoglou Tennis Academy 🎾 (@MouratoglouAcad) December 14, 2019
While the players have, of course, spent plenty of time on court, they have also been testing themselves in other disciplines, with Tyson putting Serena through her paces. And it seems that the 23-time Grand Slam champion more than held her own.
Yes, it really happened.— Mouratoglou Tennis Academy 🎾 (@MouratoglouAcad) December 19, 2019
Yes, Serena really won. pic.twitter.com/DMw4vi50gi
Meanwhile, Shaun T got everyone in the groove for 2020 with a new choreography.
.@shaunt is teaching @serenawilliams @cocogauff and @chris_eubanks96 a new choreography. Stay tuned for the final show !!!! #mouratoglou #mouratogloupreseason pic.twitter.com/wyZIM7Lo2Z— Patrick Mouratoglou (@pmouratoglou) December 16, 2019
The fitness influencer, who is most noted for his ‘Insanity’ program, has also led the group in various workouts.
Thanks for the workout Shaun T! pic.twitter.com/a3ApvQEAU7— Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) December 12, 2019
Both Serena and Gauff are gearing up for the ASB Classic in Auckland, which begins on January 6.
Day off feels 💃 @CocoGauff #MouratoglouPreseason pic.twitter.com/WTPYefRxKD— Mouratoglou Tennis Academy 🎾 (@MouratoglouAcad) December 15, 2019