Arguably the best female tennis player in history, Serena Williams, is set to finish her career following the next grand slam in the United States.
During a press conference on her home turf, the tennis steamroller stated her intent to move away from playing tennis.
Her matches have been watched by millions around the globe. Now the victor of multiple tennis grand slam tournaments is set to hang her racket and enjoy a much-deserved retirement.
“I guess there’s just a light at the end of the tunnel,” she said, one hand not concealing the fact that she was not entirely sure what would come next, on the other laughing it off.
Though laughter always accompanied Serena William’s pressers, the champion is not joking this time. The light of her upcoming retirement means a lot to one of the best female athletes in the World.
“Freedom. Yeah. I love playing though, it’s like amazing. But, you know, it’s like, I can’t do this forever,” she reasoned.
“I’ve been reluctant to admit that I have to move on from playing tennis. It’s like a taboo topic. It comes up, and I start to cry. I think the only person I’ve really gone there with is my therapist,” she told Vogue.
It needs to be stressed – the word “retirement” does not ring well with Ms Williams.
“I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people. Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me. A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family,” she said.
Family life, as it turns out, is one of the reasons Ms Williams decided to conclude her professional career.
“In the last year, Alexis and I have been trying to have another child, and we recently got some information from my doctor that put my mind at ease and made me feel that whenever we’re ready, we can add to our family. I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete. I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out,” she confessed to Vogue.
As Ms Williams makes one of the greatest sacrifices a professional could do for her daughter Olympia, her husband Alexis Ohanian and a prospective second child, it is needless to say that her absence from the World of tennis will leave an empty hole behind. However, each day new stars are born, such as WTA’s number one Polish Iga Świątek. It is but a matter of time before new bold players get discovered.
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