Kelly Clarkson’s getting ready to hit the court later this month to headline the opening night ceremony at this year’s U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York – and she’s issuing a challenge to Serena Williams.
Kelly’s August 27th performance will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Open, which started back in 1968. In her occasional web series Minute + a Glass of Wine, Kelly – in full tennis garb and swinging a badminton racket – says, “Serena, I’m sorry. I’m probably gonna beat you while singing ‘God Bless America.’”
She adds, “I am very excited about coming, though...I heard you never know who you’re gonna see there, all these crazy talented players...and I’m just looking forward to teaching Serena Williams how to play tennis, really, is what I’m looking forward to.”
She then laughs, “I’m totally scared of you, I’m just kidding. You are a beast, I think you’re amazing!”
So far, there’s no word on whether or not Serena is actually going to compete in the U.S. Open.
Meanwhile, Kelly has inked a deal with NBC Entertainment and is filming a pilot for a syndicated daytime talk show. There is no network attached to the project yet, but it is expected to debut in fall of 2019.
Details about the show are still being kept under wraps.
Kelly’s had some practice with daytime TV hosting: she interviewed Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show – turned The Kelly Show – earlier this year.