May 21, 2010 / 4:38 PM / 9 years ago

We take care of ourselves: French Open women

PARIS (Reuters Life!) - Just because you spend hours sweating on tennis courts all year round does not mean you cannot take care of yourself.

Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova reminded everyone on Friday that tennis players had a life away from the courts.

The world number one has been going to nail school, while the defending French Open champion is into tattoos and diamonds.

Serena got the idea earlier this season when she was sidelined with a knee injury, twiddling her thumbs in boredom.

“Well, I was injured, and then I was twiddling my thumbs at home. I had nothing to do. I was just working out and just trying to get better,” the American told reporters two days before the French Open starts.

“I was bored, and that’s how I got into nail school kind of. First day was fun. It was easy. I’m really advanced, so I’ve had a lot of experience.”

While Serena is seen as somehow coquettish, often wearing skintight outfits, including a leather-looking ‘catsuit’ she wore as a 17-year-old at the U.S. Open, Kuznetsova does not enjoy the same reputation.

The Russian, however, shares a few hobbies with Frenchman Gael Monfils.

“I think we’re alike,” she said.

“We do like similar things, we like similar music. We like tattoos, cars, diamonds.”

Editing by Paul Casciato

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