NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams says the countdown has “started” and is ready to quit tennis after winning 23 Grand Slams, having another child and running a business.
In an article distributed by Vogue magazine and his Instagram account on Tuesday, Williams did not disclose when he would retire.RELATED
“There comes a time in life when you have to decide to change direction. It’s a tough time when you really love what you’re doing. I love tennis. But now the countdown has begun,” Williams said. said on Instagram. “I have to focus on being a mother, on my spiritual needs, and finally on discovering another, but equally amazing Selena. I really want to enjoy my next few weeks.”
“I turn 41 this month and there are some things I have to put aside,” Williams wrote.
He added that he doesn’t like the word retirement and prefers to think of himself as at a stage in life where he is “getting away from tennis and devoting himself to other things that are important to him.”
“I’ve suffered a lot. It’s harder than I imagined. I hate it. I hate being at this crossroads,” he lamented, hinting at his retirement. “I always say to myself, ‘I wish it was easier, but it’s not.’ it’s finished.”
Williams is taking part in a tournament on Toronto’s hard courts in preparation for the US Open, the last major tournament of the year.
The American has won more Grand Slam tournaments than any other player in his professional career. Margaret has added 24 of his coats, some from his amateur days.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t want that record. If there is, yes, I think about the record,” he said. “Maybe he thought too much and didn’t help. The way I see it, he should have done more than 30 Grand Slams.”
Nonetheless, he added, “If I had to choose between focusing on tennis or focusing on my family these days, I would choose the latter.”
Williams and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, have a daughter, Olympia, who turns five on September 1st.
“Believe me, I never thought I would have to choose between tennis and family. I don’t think it’s fair,” she said at her last Grand Slam, the 2017 Australian Open. Said the tennis player, who was pregnant when she won the championship. would have won.”
Williams has been out of tennis for a year after suffering an injury in the first round of 2021 Wimbledon. She returned to compete at Wimbledon itself in June this year, losing in the first round.
After that loss, he was asked if he would compete again.
“That’s something I can’t answer,” said Williams, who won her first-round match in Toronto on Monday. “I don’t know. Who knows what I do?”
Williams hinted in her Vogue article that the US Open would be her last tournament, but didn’t say explicitly.
“I’m not looking for a ritual farewell on the field,” he asserted. “I’m so bad at goodbyes, the worst in the world.”