Serena Williams Opens Up About Post-Tennis Life, Business Ventures, Potential Return, and Growing Family

Serena Williams Opens Up About Post-Tennis Life, Business Ventures, Potential Return, and Growing Family

Serena Williams is not bidding farewell to tennis as much as she's shifting her focus. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal at her upscale Manhattan hotel before her final US Open appearance, Serena emphasized that tennis is taking a back seat to her five-year-old daughter, Olympia, and her expanding business endeavors, which increasingly demand her attention. Despite this shift, Serena adamantly states that she is not retiring.

In her statement to the Journal, the 40-year-old tennis star echoed sentiments she shared with Vogue earlier this month, emphasizing her intention to step away from the professional circuit: "I'm not retiring; I'm simply evolving away from tennis and exploring other avenues."

Though Serena refrains from labeling her shift as a "transition," she acknowledges that her first-round match against Danka Kovinic might mark the end of an era. Whether she secures a victory in Flushing on Monday night or not, the 2022 US Open could potentially be her final grand slam appearance, at the very least, her last chance to compete on a grand stage.

Regardless of the match's outcome, Serena is set to receive a farewell ceremony at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, ensuring a busy week ahead, win or lose.

Reflecting on her decision, Serena mused, "I probably should retire, for a few years at least, but for some inexplicable reason, I'm not."

Her daily routine now revolves around Olympia, a typical day starting at 7 a.m., whether Serena is training or not. Olympia's presence has reshaped Serena's mornings, even prompting changes in her breakfast habits. Additionally, the family's recent acquisition of a farm with chickens has introduced fresh elements to their lifestyle.

Once Olympia is settled, Serena's day dives into a series of calls and meetings typical of investors, with digital platforms making work more accessible. Serena's business interests are diverse, including her venture capital firm, Serena Ventures, and co-ownership of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, among others.

For Serena, faith plays a pivotal role in navigating life's transitions. "God first, and everything else falls into place," she asserts.

While Serena's departure from tennis was inevitable, given her recent singles performance, the decision remains emotionally challenging. Juggling business and competition is complex, and Serena acknowledges the unique challenges faced by female athletes in balancing career and family.

Serena's journey post-tennis is marked by a desire to expand her family, giving Olympia the gift of sibling companionship. As she reflects on her path, Serena's evolution speaks to the dynamic interplay between athletic achievement, family, and personal fulfillment.

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