Serena Williams Tennis retirement: Athlete says goodbye to recreation in emotional essay

Serena Williams Tennis retirement: Athlete says goodbye to recreation in emotional essay

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Serena Williams says she is able to step away from tennis after successful 23 Grand Slam titles, turning her focus to having one other baby and her enterprise pursuits.

“I am turning 41 this month, and one thing’s obtained to provide,” Williams wrote in an essay launched Tuesday by Vogue journal.

Williams, one of many biggest and most achieved athletes within the historical past of her or every other sport, stated she doesn’t just like the phrase retirement and prefers to think about this stage of her life as “evolving away from tennis, towards different issues which might be vital to me.”

Williams is enjoying this week in Toronto, at a hard-court event that leads into the U.S. Open, the yr’s final Grand Slam occasion, which begins in New York on Aug. 29.

The American has received extra Grand Slam singles titles within the skilled period than every other girl or man. Just one participant, Margaret Courtroom, collected extra, 24, though she received a portion of hers within the novice period.

“I might be mendacity if I stated I did not need that file. Clearly I do. However each day, I am actually not excited about her. If I am in a Grand Slam ultimate, then sure, I’m excited about that file,” Williams stated.

“Perhaps I considered it an excessive amount of, and that did not assist. The best way I see it, I ought to have had 30-plus Grand Slams.”

However, Williams went on to write down, “Today, if I’ve to decide on between constructing my tennis resume and constructing my household, I select the latter.”

She and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, have a daughter, Olympia, who turns 5 on Sept. 1.

“Consider me, I by no means wished to have to decide on between tennis and a household. I do not assume it is honest,” stated Williams, who was pregnant when she received the 2017 Australian Open for her final Grand Slam trophy.

“If I have been a man, I would not be scripting this as a result of I might be on the market enjoying and successful whereas my spouse was doing the bodily labor of increasing our household.”

Williams was off the tour for a couple of yr after getting injured throughout her first-round match at Wimbledon in 2021. She returned to singles competitors on the All England Membership this June and misplaced within the first spherical.

After that defeat, Williams was requested whether or not she would compete once more.

“That is a query I am unable to reply,” she stated on the time.

“I do not know. … Who is aware of? Who is aware of the place I will pop up?”

Williams hints within the essay that the U.S. Open will probably be her final event however doesn’t say so explicitly.

“I am not searching for some ceremonial, ultimate on-court second,” Williams wrote. “I am horrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst.”

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