Serena Williams Announces Her Retirement from Tennis
Updated: Aug 22
Serena Williams, one of history's greatest athletes and a 23-time grand slam doubles champion, has announced her retirement from the world of competitive tennis after the upcoming US Open in a recently published Vogue essay.
An "evolution" away from tennis is how Williams described her plan to end her playing career. She wrote
I have never liked the word retirement. Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me.
Serena further explained that one of her biggest reasons for retirement is her intention to further expand her family.
Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don't think it's fair. If I were a guy, I wouldn't be writing this because I'd be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family. Maybe I'd be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity.
Williams has won an Open-era record of 73 career singles titles and 23 career doubles titles throughout the course of a legendary career that has lasted almost three decades since its start on the public courts of Compton, California. She has also earned a total of $94,588,910 in prize money and much more in sponsorships.
Williams has had a variety of extracurricular activities since she was young, but she has also had one of the longest professional careers ever, second only to that of her 42-year-old sister, Venus, at the highest level of the sport. She has embarked on countless comebacks, including twice after experiencing pulmonary embolisms that could have been fatal.
As she moves forward professionally, she seeks to grow Serena Ventures, a six-person investment company that was one of the first to invest in MasterClass. This year, her company secured $111 million in outside funding.
Williams stated that only 2% of venture funding goes to women and that "more people who look like me need to be in that position, giving money back to themselves" in order for this statistic to change.
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