Serena Williams has it figured out. The day after her farewell, confirmed on Saturday after a third-round loss in New York to Ajla Tomljanovic (7-5, 6-7(4), 6-1), the former tennis player will not set her alarm clock, nor will she hit the gym and spend most of the time with her daughter Olympia before picking up a microphone instead of a paddle: “Sure, I’ll go to karaoke later.”
The American speaks after her last intervention on the track where the great was born Williams legend. Since then, 25 years have passed in one of the most fascinating careers in tennis, but now he is very clear about his priorities. The first is his daughter, who he does not part with and since 2017, when she was born, has become the backbone of his life. The family. “Now I want to do things I haven’t had the chance to do with it,” he says; “I’m ready to be a mother, to explore another version of Serena.” Technically, in today’s world I’m still super young, so I want to keep enjoying myself as long as I can.”
In the meeting room, he maintains the same tone he has enjoyed in recent years. She doesn’t linger on her answers and talks about herself in the third person several times. “I’m grateful for this trip and for being Serena,” she gushes before standing up and ending the press conference. Before 10 minutes he flies over a whole life dedicated to his sport, slave and routine.
“I can’t imagine not participating in tennis, but I still don’t know how.” It has given me many incredible opportunities and in turn it has meant that I can give them to others,” reckons the American, who turns 41 on September 26 and will focus his next challenges on his second empire. He’s done with the sports car and will prioritize that family version that goes through bringing more members onto the payroll and also his business side. In 2014 he founded Serena Ventures and has a fortune of 255 million euros.
Williams has never left anyone indifferent. His career is full of success, although not without shadows and not a few episodes out of rhythm. On the track and in the dressing room, he always made it very clear who is the manager.
“There’s a lot to remember, but if I have to say one thing, it’s the fight. I am a fighter. I also think I contributed something to tennis, like the clothes, the punches [en las celebraciones] and crazy intensity. Passion, I think that’s the word,” continues the athlete, who points to winning Roland Garros in 2015 as her most valuable achievement — “I almost died in that tournament,” she explained, referring to the flu she was suffering from at the time — and celebrates not having broken any racket in the last few days: “I had a good attitude, even if I didn’t want to”.
He is vague about the possibility of a return. “I don’t know, I’m not thinking about it.” Although I have always liked Australia… [el próximo gran torneo, en enero]. But I’m a long way from last year at Wimbledon, I’m not really sure if that was my last moment or not.
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