It seems that one of the best tennis players of all time has one more grand slam tournament left. and then he is likely to finish his career.
serena williams revealed in a trending first person story that she is nearing the end of her career, with all signs pointing towards the us open, which is scheduled to start on august 1st. 29, being the last tournament of her career.
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“I don’t want it to end, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next,” Williams wrote. “I don’t know how I’m going to be able to see this magazine when it comes out, knowing that this is it, the end of a story that started in Compton, California, with a black girl who just wanted to play tennis.”
Williams’ 23 grand slam titles are the most by any tennis player (men or women) in the open era, and second most all-time behind only Margaret Court’s 24.
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williams hasn’t officially said the us open will be his last tournament, but it’s clear the end is near. And as the last grand slam until 2023, the US Open would certainly appear to be the end for her.
The biggest driver behind Williams’ decision to retire is, as he wrote, his family. He explained that he never liked the word “retirement” and considers his decision to be an “evolution”, moving away from tennis and towards the next phase of his life.
“A few years ago, I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after, I started a family. I want to grow that family,” Williams wrote.
williams said she considers retirement a sensitive and taboo subject, one that she and her husband, alexis ohanian, rarely discuss. she said that although some tennis players may find happiness in the decision to walk away from the sport, “there is no happiness in this subject for me.”
“I know it’s unusual, but I’m in a lot of pain,” Williams wrote. “It’s the hardest thing I could ever imagine. I hate it. I hate having to be at this crossroads. I keep telling myself, I wish it could be easy for me, but it’s not.”
williams talked about how her competitiveness has fueled her career and what it was like to keep winning and moving up the all-time grand slam singles charts.
said that there are people who will not consider it the goat (the greatest of all time) because it did not pass the court record.
I’d be lying if I said I don’t want that record. obviously I do but day to day, I’m not really thinking about her. if I’m in a grand slam final, then yes, I’m thinking about that record. maybe I thought about it too much, and that didn’t help. the way I see it, he should have had more than 30 grand slams. I had my chances after I came back from giving birth. I went from a C-section to a second pulmonary embolism to a grand slam final. I played while breastfeeding. I played through postpartum depression. but I did not arrive. should, could, could. I didn’t introduce myself the way I should or could have. but I appeared 23 times, and that’s fine. actually it is extraordinary. but these days, if I have to choose between building my tennis resume and building my family, I choose the latter.
williams explained how he has felt his life begin to move towards life with his family and his company. She wrote about what being there has meant to her daughter, Olympia, and how she wants to be a constant presence in her life. She wrote about her company, Serena Ventures, and how she learned the process of running a venture capital firm.
and talked about how she and ohanian recently found out they may have another child, and how she doesn’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete.
“I need to have two feet of tennis or two feet of distance,” williams wrote.
last spring, williams said he talked to golfer tiger woods about continuing his tennis career, and he advised him to play for the next two weeks and see how he feels. She described the experience as “magic to pick up a racket again” and said she was “back and forth” on whether to play both Wimbledon and the US Open.
said she doesn’t like to think about her legacy, but said she hopes people think of her as more than just tennis.
“i admire billie jean [king] because she transcended her sport. i wish she was: serena is this and she is that and she was a great tennis player and won those slams,” williams wrote.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready to win Wimbledon this year. And I don’t know if I’ll be ready to win New York. but I’m going to try. and the previous tournaments will be fun. I know there’s a fan fantasy that I could have tied Margaret that day in London, then maybe beat her record in New York, and then at the trophy ceremony say, “See ya!” I get it. it’s a good fantasy. but I’m not looking for a final, ceremonial moment on the pitch. I’m terrible at goodbyes, the worst in the world. but know that I am more grateful to you than I could ever put into words. You have led me to so many victories and so many trophies. I’m going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. and I’m going to miss you
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williams will turn 41 on September 1. 26, and explained that his age is a determining factor in the decision. Although he never wanted to have to choose between tennis and family, he said that “something has to give” because he wants to grow the family.
“If I were a man, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family. Maybe I’d be more like Tom Brady.” if i had that chance,” williams wrote. “don’t get me wrong i love being a woman and loved every second of being pregnant with olympia.”