Serena Williams news: ‘I’m ready for that day,’ says tennis great as she ‘prepares’ for retirement
Tennis great Serena Williams has revealed that she has “always had a plan” for retirement, stating that she has been “ready for that day” for more than a decade.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner has not played a match on the WTA Tour since Wimbledon where she was forced to retire due to a freak injury.
The American has been on the Tour for more than two decades, having made her professional debut in 1995.
But the tennis community knows that she is in the twilight of her career and any retirement announcement can come any day.
“I’m ready for that day, I’ve been preparing for that day for more than a decade. I think it’s very important to always have a plan and I’ve always had a plan,” said the current world no 247.
Williams’ main focus has turned away from tennis in recent years as she has her attention on entrepreneurship and family, having welcomed her first child Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr with husband Alexis Ohanian in September 2017.
Williams is involved in several business ventures, according to Forbes magazine.
In 2018, she launched a direct-to-consumer clothing line called S by Serena. In that same year, she signed a TV deal with Amazon Studios which includes a docuseries on her.
She has an estimated 20 corporate partners and investments in up to 66 startups, including Bitcoin rewards start-up company Lolli.
She is also planning to extend her family.
“I definitely want to have more kids, it’s just like, balance is key, you know, and just trying to find that balance. I don’t know and the clock is ticking. I need to figure out when that will be and hopefully soon when I will feel no pressure,” said Williams.
Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou does not believe that she will quit until she breaks the record for most Grand Slam wins by a woman.
Williams needs to win one more Grand Slam to tie Margaret Court as the most decorated female tennis player in history.
“I don’t think she will stop until she wins a Grand Slam- she came back to win Grand Slams. She doesn’t quit,” said Mouratoglou.
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