Tennis legend Serena Williams announces her retirement originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Serena Williams is preparing to say farewell to professional tennis after a 22-year career that included a record 23 Grand Slam victories.
In an editorial penned for Vogue magazine’s September 2022 issue, Williams, 40, revealed that while she loved tennis, “she’s ready to move on to new things.”“It’s the hardest thing that I could ever imagine,” she wrote.
“I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next,” Williams wrote. She plans to retire after the U.S. Open.
“Unfortunately I wasn’t ready to win Wimbledon this year. And I don’t know if I will be ready to win New York. But I’m going to try,” she said.
Williams is one Grand Slam away from tying Margaret Court’s record of 24 and has been trying to reach that milestone since her last Major title in 2017.
“I know there’s a fan fantasy that I might have tied Margaret that day in London, then maybe beat her record in New York, and then at the trophy ceremony say, “See ya!” I get that. It’s a good fantasy.”
Williams is set to take on the Big Apple in the last tournament of her career, which begins on August 29.
“I’m not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment. I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst,” she said. “But please know that I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I’m going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. And I’m going to miss you.”