Serena Williams will say goodbye to tennis after the US Open

Serena Williams announced on Tuesday that she would leave tennis after the US Open.

In an essay shared by Vogue, Williams wrote of the decision to quit sports was not easy; and it is certainly not a retreat.

“I never liked the word retirement,” Williams, 40, wrote. “That doesn’t strike me as a modern word.”

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Instead, Williams sees her farewell to tennis as an “evolution.”

“I thought of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive to how I use this word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people,” Williams wrote for the article. September cover. “Perhaps the best word to describe what I do is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, towards other things that are important to me.

Always fierce in everything she does, Williams has “evolved” several parts of her life in recent years, including the creation of her company Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm, and the birth of her daughter Olympia, who turns five in August.

Williams wrote that she was hanging up her tennis racket to focus on expanding her family and her business.

She will, however, still compete in the 2022 US Open, which begins on August 23.

With 23 major titles already won, Williams wrote via Vogue that she “isn’t ready to win Wimbledon” this year. She admitted that she also didn’t know if she would be ready for the US Open in New York.

“But I will try,” Williams wrote. “And the prep tournaments will be fun.”

For the past year, Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, have been trying for another baby, she wrote. She claimed Olympia was looking forward to being a big sister.

“Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family,” she wrote. “I don’t think that’s fair. If I was a man, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife did the physical labor to expand our family.

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“But these days, if I have to choose between building my tennis CV and building my family, I choose the latter,” she wrote.

Williams is also excited to expand Serena Ventures, which provides capital primarily to women and people of color. In his portfolio of investments, there are already several billion-dollar giant companies, including MasterClass, Tonal and Impossible Foods.

On Instagram, Williams shared the Vogue cover and wrote that her life is moving in a “different direction” to tennis.

“That moment is always hard when you love something so much,” she wrote. “God, I love tennis. But now the countdown has started. I need to focus on being a mother, my spiritual goals and finally discovering a different but just exciting Serena. I’m going to savor these next few weeks.

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“There is no happiness in this subject for me,” Williams wrote in the Vogue article. “I know it’s not the usual thing to say, but I feel a lot of pain. It’s the hardest thing I can imagine. I hate that. I hate having to be at this crossroads.

“I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next,” she continued.

Williams concluded by writing that she will deeply miss “that version of me, that girl who played tennis.”

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Carol N. Valencia