After the U.S. Open, Serena Williams Announces her Retirement From Tennis

In an article for Vogue, she stated, “The word retiring is not one that I have ever liked.” “It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I have been considering this to be a transition, but I want to be mindful about how I use that word, as it conveys a meaning that is extremely particular and significant to a group of individuals. I think the word “evolution” is the one that sums up what I’m working on the best.

I’m writing to let you know that my interests are shifting away from tennis and toward other activities that hold a place of significance in my life. There comes a point in everyone’s life when they have to make the choice to head on a different path. When you care so deeply about anything, that moment is almost always challenging. Tennis is one of my favorite sports to play. But the countdown has started at this point.

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It is imperative that I give my full attention to motherhood, the accomplishment of my spiritual objectives, and the eventual unveiling of a new but no less thrilling version of Serena. I’m going to savor every moment of these next several weeks.” Williams, who is now 40 years old, did not state explicitly in the article that the U.S. Open will be the final tournament she competes in, but all indications point to it being at least her final big tournament.

After the U.S. Open, Serena Williams Announces her Retirement From Tennis
After the U.S. Open, Serena Williams Announces her Retirement From Tennis

Williams currently holds 23 Grand Slam singles championships, which is one less than the record held by Margaret Court. The court, an Australian star in the 1960s and 1970s, won 11 Australian Opens during a time when many of the world’s best players did not compete in the tournament. The majority of her victories came before the best players in the world joined together for any of the four major tournaments.

“There are many who say I’m not the GOAT because I didn’t pass Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam victories,” Williams said in his autobiography. “She accomplished this before the ‘open era’ that began in 1968.” It would be dishonest of me to say that I did not want that record. Obviously, I do. However, on a day-to-day basis, I don’t really think about her.”

A right hamstring tear forced Serena Williams to withdraw from her first-round match at Wimbledon in 2021. Her return to singles competition began at Wimbledon, where she fell to 115th-ranked Frenchwoman Harmony Tan in the opening round. Fan fiction has it that I might have tied Margaret that day in London (at Wimbledon this year), then maybe beat her record in New York, and then at the trophy ceremony say, ‘Seen you!'” Williams put pen to paper.

“I see where you’re coming from. It’s an enjoyable story. However, I’m not looking for a final-game ceremony. When Williams returned from life-threatening childbirth in 2017, she finished second at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and 2019. While eight weeks pregnant, she won the Australian Open in 2017. After a year of trying, Alexis and I just received some information from my doctor that put our minds at ease and made me feel certain that we will be able to add to our family when the time is right,” she stated.

“As a professional athlete, I have no intention of becoming pregnant again. I can’t play tennis unless I have two feet in it and two feet out of it. “I never wanted to have to make a choice between my family and my tennis career,” he said. It doesn’t seem fair to me. Writing this post would not be possible for me if I were a man; instead, I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the hard work of increasing our family.

After the U.S. Open, Serena Williams Announces her Retirement From Tennis
After the U.S. Open, Serena Williams Announces her Retirement From Tennis

When faced with the choice between pursuing my tennis career and raising a family, “I’d rather put my family first.” On Monday, Serena Williams advanced to the second round of a pre-US Open competition in Toronto. Her next match is scheduled for this Wednesday, and she should be ready to go. Coco Gauff, an 18-year-old player at the tournament, was among many to offer her thoughts on the news.

Because she’s been playing for so long, it was “nearly stunning news,” said Gauff, who was born just four and a half years after Williams’ first major singles win. “I don’t believe any other tennis player will be able to match the legacy she’s left during their career. “I grew up with her on television. In other words, it’s for that reason that I engage in competitive tennis.

Because tennis is a primarily white sport, seeing someone who looked like me dominate the game undoubtedly helped a lot and made me believe that I could also dominate.” “I’m getting there,” Williams said. “I’m feeling much better in practice.” Monday, she remarked in Toronto: “It’s simply getting that to the court.” When it comes to me, “I’m the kind of person who just takes one or two things and then it clicks.”

The U.S. Open in 1999 was her first major singles title at the age of 17. The next year, she and her older sister Venus won the first of three Olympic doubles titles. At the 2012 Olympics in London, she won gold in the women’s singles. Regarding retirement, she remarked, “there is no delight in this topic for me.” In spite of what some people might think, I’m in a lot of pain.

You know what? It’s more difficult than I ever thought it would be. I despise it to the core. I despise the fact that I’m at a crossroads in my life. Wishing it were easier for me is all I can think about. While I don’t want it to end, I’m also ready for the next chapter in my life.

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