WTA CEO reacts to Serena Williams’ retirement announcement

Serena Williams has had a remarkable career, and WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon observed that it is “difficult to express what Williams symbolizes to the WTA.” Williams said on Tuesday that she will retire from tennis after the US Open this year, something some had speculated would happen.

Williams is retiring from the sport to devote more time to his family and his business after spending well over 20 years on the Tour and achieving some of the biggest successes ever recorded in the history of the sport. “With the announcement of this news, it is crucial to pause and reflect on Serena’s contributions to our sport and her accomplishments both on and off the court.

She is one of the best advocates, a businesswoman, a mother, an investor in women’s initiatives, and a role model for women and girls all around the world. Serena’s significance to the WTA Family cannot be adequately expressed, and as she enters the next phase of her incredible journey, we wish her nothing but success and happiness.”

Williams chose the US Open as the venue for her retirement.

Williams suffered a leg injury at Wimbledon in 2021, missing a year of competition before making a comeback at this year’s Wimbledon. Williams didn’t advance very far at Wimbledon after losing to Harmony Tan in the opening round.

After being sidelined for a year, some fans expected Williams to win Wimbledon at the age of 40. Williams made it clear that she is aware of the wishes of certain of her fans and that she is aware that some of them now wish for her to win the US Open before retiring.

Williams said to Vogue, “Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready to win Wimbledon this year. “Furthermore, I’m not sure if I’ll be prepared to win New York. But I’ll make an effort. And the warm-up competitions will be enjoyable.”