Those keen on watching Serena Williams on her road to retirement can have opportunities to accomplish that in at the very least three tournaments.
“I don’t know if I will likely be able to win Recent York,” Williams said in a Vogue cover story announcing her retirement, referring to the U.S. Open. “But I’m going to try. And the lead-up tournaments will likely be fun.”
Her next match is about for Wednesday within the round of 32 of the National Bank Open in Toronto against the winner of a match on Tuesday between Belinda Bencic and Tereza Martincova. Williams will likely be scheduled for an evening match, the tournament said on its website.
National Bank Open matches are televised by its official broadcasters Sportsnet and TVA Sports. In america, the Tennis Channel is broadcasting the Canadian tournament, and a few matches can be found on Bally Sports.
After the National Bank Open, which ends on Sunday, Williams is anticipated to play in Cincinnati on the Western & Southern Open, which runs Aug. 13-21. The tournament said on Twitter that it was “honored to be a small a part of” Williams’s profession.
“We’re so excited to look at her at our tournament this 12 months,” the tournament said.
Williams is anticipated to play in Cincinnati with a protected rating that has yet to be determined. The tournament, which has tickets available online, is about to feature plenty of formidable players, including Iga Swiatek, the No. 1-ranked player on the ladies’s tour, and Emma Raducanu, the reigning U.S. Open champion.
After the Western & Southern Open, there are two more tournaments before the U.S. Open — Tennis within the Land in Cleveland and the National Bank Championships in Granby, Canada. Player lists for the tournaments, which run concurrently Aug. 21-27, haven’t yet been released, and it was unclear whether Williams will play in either.
The U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the 12 months, begins Aug. 29 and runs through Sept. 11. The tournament will likely be televised by ESPN, and has tickets available online. The ladies’s final is scheduled for Sept. 10.
While the U.S. Open draw has not been set, the primary probability for fans to see Williams could be in the course of the first round of the tournament on Aug. 29 or 30, a match that will probably be played inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I’m not searching for some ceremonial, final on-court moment,” Williams told Vogue. “I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. But please know that I’m more grateful for you than I can ever express in words. You have got 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.”
Williams was vague about her plans after the U.S. Open, and didn’t pinpoint exactly when she would wind down her time in the game.