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Live Updates: Serena Williams Publicizes Plans to Retire From Tennis


Credit…Pete Kiehart for The Recent York Times

Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam champion who has been the face of tennis since winning her first U.S. Open in 1999, said in a magazine article published online on Tuesday that she planned to retire from the game after playing again within the tournament, which begins later this month.

Williams, who way back transcended her sport as a dominant cultural figure, said in an as-told-to cover story for Vogue that she has “never liked the word retirement,” and preferred the word “evolution” to explain her next steps. “I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things which might be necessary to me,” including working together with her enterprise capital firm and growing her family.

She was not explicit about when she might stop playing, but hinted on Instagram that the U.S. Open could possibly be her last tournament. “The countdown has begun,” she said, adding, “I’m gonna relish these next few weeks.”

Williams said that she and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, planned to have one other child.

“Within the last yr, Alexis and I even have been attempting to have one other child, and we recently got some information from my doctor that put my mind comfortable and made me feel that each time we’re ready, we will add to our family. I definitely don’t wish to be pregnant again as an athlete. I have to be two feet into tennis or two feet out.”

Williams, whose last Grand Slam tournament victory got here while she was pregnant through the Australian Open in 2017, was eliminated from Wimbledon in June in the primary round.

“Unfortunately I wasn’t able to win Wimbledon this yr,” Williams said. “And I don’t know if I might be able to win Recent York. But I’m going to try. And the lead-up tournaments might be fun.”

Williams has won nearly $100 million in prize money.

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