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Serena Williams retires: I never wanted to choose between tennis and family, now I have to give up something

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Serena Williams retires: I never wanted to choose between tennis and family, now I have to give up something
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American tennis player Serena Williams after 23 Grand Slams won: «I never wanted to choose between tennis and family. But I’m almost 41 years old and I have to give something “”

Serena Williams announced the retirement from tennis after the next Us Open with an article written in first person on Vogue and released on August 9th. «But I don’t like the word ‘retirement’, I prefer ‘evolution’ to talk about the next step», wrote the tennis player, winner of 23 Grand Slams. “It’s the hardest thing I could imagine.” She had anticipated it just before her, when she had returned to success in a singles match in Toronto: “I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s called freedom,” then her long story.

“I never liked the word retreat”, he wrote in the first person instead. “I don’t hear a modern word. I thought of an evolutionbut I want to be sensitive about how I use this word, which means something very specific and important for a community ».«Believe me, I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and family. I don’t think it’s fair. If I were a boy I shouldn’t write this, because I would be out there playing and winning while my wife did the physical work of expanding the family. Maybe I would be more of a Tom Brady if I had the opportunity. Don’t get me wrong: I love being a woman and I loved every second of Olympia’s pregnancy. I was one of those boring women who love to be pregnant and work until the day they go to the hospital, even though things got very complicated on the other side. And I almost did the impossible: many did not realize that I was two months pregnant when I won the Australian Open in 2017. But this month I am 41 years old and I have to give something “, then adding on Instagram:” Now, the bill to the reverse has begun. I need to focus on being a mom, on my spiritual goals and finally discovering a different, yet exciting, Serena. In the meantime, I will enjoy these next, last few weeks ».

At the base there would be a request from little Olympia
, as Serena herself tells at the beginning of her long essay: «She is about to turn 5, we were in the car and we were going to get her a new passport before a trip to Europe. She was using an educational app on my phone and her robotic voice asked her: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” She doesn’t know I’m listening to her, but I can hear her whispered answer on the phone: “I want to be an older sister”“.

After admitting that with her husband Alexis and her parents she feels the subject as taboo (“I’m reluctant to admit to myself or anyone else that I’m about to stop playing tennis” and don’t say it out loud “), Serena explains that she talked about it with the therapist:” And I won’t sweeten the pill. I know that many are happy and looking forward to retiring, and I would like to feel that way. Ashleigh Barty was world number one when she said stop in March. Caroline Wozniacki was relieved when she did it in 2020. Praise them, but to be honest, there is no joy in this subject for me. ”

“I know it’s the end of a story that started in Compton, California with a little black girl who just wanted to play tennis” and “Dad says I picked up my first racket when I was three.” And then the story of her career, of her happy moments in the corridors of the Grand Slams, before and after the competitions «E I passed Martina Hingis, and joined Billie Jean King, a great inspiration for me, in the Grand Slam account. And I was climbing the Martina Navratilova mountain. They say I haven’t been the greatest (the term is GOAT, Greatest of all times, ndt) why notn I broke Margaret Court’s record of 24. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want that record. But I’m not thinking about her. ‘

The story of the serious problems I had during pregnancy (“a caesarean section and a second pulmonary embolism”, “I played while I was breastfeeding, I played with postpartum depression”). And the return to a slam final. “I couldn’t do more. But I have succeeded 23 times. And it is truly extraordinary. But these days, if I have to choose between improving my tennis resume and improving my family, I choose the latter ».

Williams is currently involved in the WTA 1000 tournament in Toronto and is enrolled in the next WTA 1000 round in Cincinnati as well as the US Open. In addition to the 23 Grand Slam titles (with two virtual Grand Slams: four consecutive titles, but not in the same calendar year, between 2002-2003 and 2014-2015), in his career he won at 50 singles titles.

She became world number one for the first time on July 8, 2002 and held this position for a grand total of 319 weeks, third in the all-time ranking (behind Steffi Graf with 377 and Martina Navratilova with 331); however, she is in first place for consecutive weeks as the best in the ranking (186, like Graf).

August 9, 2022 (change August 9, 2022 | 16:20)

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