Serena Williams appears to be preparing to retire from professional tennis for good. In a Vogue article published on Tuesday, the iconic athlete, who has won multiple titles — including 23 Grand Slams — over a nearly three-decade pro career, indicated that she plans to retire after the upcoming US Open.
Williams, 40, is currently competing in the Canadian Open, where she won her first singles match in nearly a year earlier this week and will return to play another match on Wednesday.
While proceeding to compete against the world’s best athletes in tournaments such as Wimbledon and last year’s French Open, Williams has also shifted her focus away from tennis in recent years.
In her new essay, she asserts that “evolving away from tennis” will allow her to pursue other things.
Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm she founded several years ago, is one of her top priorities, she says.
The other is her family and the wish that she and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, will have another child. Alexis Olympia, their daughter, is now four years old.
A must read. https://t.co/NSWDGHzsXK— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) August 9, 2022
Serena Williams announces intention to retire from tennis after US Open— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 9, 2022
“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.”
Serena Williams has just announced plans to retire after the U.S. Open.— Front Office Sports (@FOS) August 9, 2022
➖ 73 Singles Titles
➖ 23 Grand Slam Singles titles
➖ 14 Grand Slam Doubles titles
➖ 4 Olympic Gold Medals
➖ $94M in prize money
A legend 🐐 pic.twitter.com/rt6a6RaqFl
Serena Williams is on pace to become the first female athlete billionaire.— Andrew Petcash (@AndrewPetcash) August 3, 2022
Here's a visualization of how she's doing it: pic.twitter.com/YCWkPwyC6q