New York: Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, declared that she has “not retired” from tennis and that the likelihood of a comeback is “very high”.
Following the 2022 US Open, where she lost in the third round, Williams had said she will transition out of the sport. The event planners in New York praised her journey by playing a montage of her career’s apex.
Williams while attending a conference in San Francisco while promoting her investment company reaffirmed that “I am not retired”. “The chances (of a return) are very high. You can come to my house, I have a court.”
“I still haven’t really thought about (retirement). But I did wake up the other day and go on the court and (considered) for the first time in my life that I’m not playing in a competition, and it felt really weird. It was like the first day of the rest of my life and I’m enjoying it, but I’m still trying to find that balance,” she added.
Williams, 41, claimed in a Vogue article that she was moving away from tennis. The American great waved a tearful farewell following her withdrawal, however, she did not explicitly state that the US Open would be her final competition.
Williams welcomed Roger Federer to the retirement club earlier in September when he participated in his final competitive match at the Laver Cup. She also mentioned retiring from the sport in her article.
In a post-match interview at the US Open, Williams said: “Honestly, I’m so grateful that I had this moment and that I’m Serena. However, the American couldn’t clarify her next step when she was questioned about it in court.