At the 2018 US Open, Serena Williams, a 23-time Major champion, will retire from tennis. Serena made the announcement in her story for the September issue of Vogue, claiming that she had to do it even though she detested every second of it.
Williams has only participated in two tournaments since the Wimbledon of last year due to ongoing injuries. Serena wants to begin a new chapter of her life with her kid and husband as she turns 41 in September.
Williams is off to a strong start this week in Toronto, and her adoring fans will get the chance to see her one last time at the US Open.
At the US Open, Serena Williams will call it quits.
“Retirement has never been a word I’ve loved.
It doesn’t strike me as a contemporary word. I’ve been referring to this as a transition, but I want to be careful how I use that word since it has a very specific and significant meaning to a group of people.
Perhaps the easiest way to sum up what I’m doing is to call it evolutionary. I’m here to let you know that I’m moving away from tennis and toward other priorities. I quietly founded Serena Ventures, a venture capital business, a few years ago.
I soon afterward began a family. I want that family to expand. But I’ve been hesitant to tell anyone—including myself—that I need to stop playing tennis. My husband, Alexis, and I have scarcely ever discussed it; it’s almost like a forbidden subject.
With my parents, I can’t even have this topic. It’s as though something is only real when spoken aloud. When it does, I experience a strange lump in my throat and begin to cry. My therapist is the only one I’ve actually traveled with there.
I’m not going to sugarcoat this, for one thing. I’m aware that many people look forward to retiring, and I sincerely wish I shared their enthusiasm. When Ashleigh Barty quit the sport in March, she was ranked first in the world, and I think she genuinely felt ready to go on.
One of my closest friends, Caroline Wozniacki, was relieved when she announced her retirement in 2020. I want to give these people praise, but I’ll also be honest. This subject does not provide me joy. I realize it’s unusual for me to say this, but I’m in a lot of pain.
It’s the most difficult thing I can fathom. I abhor it. I detest having to stand at this turning point. I keep telling myself that I want things could be simple for me, but they aren’t. I can’t wait for it to be over, but I’m also eager for what comes after.
When this magazine is published, I’m not sure how I’ll be able to look at it knowing that this is the conclusion of a tale that began in Compton, California, with a young Black girl who simply wanted to play tennis. I’ve gotten so much from this sport, “To Vogue, Serena Williams stated.