Serena Williams has announced that she will retire from Tennis sometime after the U.S. Open. Williams broke the news in a cover story for Vogue saying,
“I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people. 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 Williams will walk away from Tennis as not only one of if not the greatest tennis player ever, but one of the greatest American athletes ever. Williams spent 319 weeks ranked #1, has 4 Olympic Gold Medals, 39 grand slam titles(23 singles, 14 doubles, 2 mixed), and 73 singles titles.
Williams continued to talk about the emotional turmoil of her retirement by stating, “There is no happiness in this topic for me. I know it’s not the usual thing to say, but I feel a great deal of pain. It’s the hardest thing that I could ever imagine. I hate it. I hate that I have to be at this crossroads. I keep saying to myself, I wish it could be easy for me, but it’s not. I’m torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”