Williams is being sued by the estate of a 78-year-old Florida man who died almost two weeks after a June 9th vehicle crash Florida police say she caused.
ESPN's Brandon Radcliffe posted a clip of Williams' response to the question regarding her June vehicular accident on Twitter in which she was unable to bring herself to complete her response.
VENUS WILLIAMS broke down in tears unable to speak as she was quizzed for the first time about her involvement in a auto crash that left one person dead. Watch the moment below.
Williams will be facing a lawsuit from the family of the man who died after the accident earlier this month.
Jerome Barson suffered injuries in the collision.
Rather than Venus Williams trying to stop her tears in front of the prying eyes of the cameras, the athlete was asked if she'd like to go outside instead, which she immediately accepted.
Williams, 37, began to visibly cry and she had to keep her head down.
Mertens, ranked 54th, was playing only her fifth career Grand Slam match, while Williams is a seven-time Grand Slam victor and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals a year ago. She posted a short statement on the incident, noting that she is praying for the family of Jerome Barson, who died following the crash. "I think she misses me", Venus said.
Defending men's champion Andy Murray agreed that concentration would probably be hard for Venus. I never thought that I'd play this many.
It would be fair to say that the run-up to Venus Williams' Wimbledon has been turbulent. "Yeah, I mean, I'm just...", the tennis all-star brokenly responds.
Barson was critically hurt in the two-car wreck on June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She was traveling at 5 miles per hour when she entered the intersection, according to the police report. It's just hard to switch for the tennis again.