Serena William’s Farewell to Tennis


John Minchillo

Serena Williams

Sandra Watson

The retirement of Serena Williams truly shook the world to its core. Serena Williams is one of the best players of all time or the “GOAT” as others may say. She became a professional player that the age of 14, winning her very first Grand Slam only a mere 3 years later. Serena Williams’ high level of play over a very long career combined with her record of 23-10 in Grand Slam finals, certainly makes the case that she is the greatest of all time more convincing.
“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.” As she stated, retirement was a very hard and life-changing decision that Serena Williams’ felt it was time to do, even though the world ultimately did not agree with her decision, they came to realize that this is evolution. Serena found no happiness when announcing or even thinking about the topic of retirement, but she strongly believed that it was her time to move on. One of the main reasons that she ultimately decided it was time to move on from tennis was the thought that she and her husband, Alexis, wanted to have another child. “I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete.” As you can imagine this was probably a very difficult thing to have a baby and then come back to tennis a few months later. Although Serena doesn’t plan to completely leave the tennis life, she plans on taking a break for a little until she can decide what she wants to do with her life.
Over 27 years, Serena Williams dominated generation after generation of opponents and changed the way women’s tennis is played and the sport of tennis will never be the same without her. Her long and very successful career should only bring her joy in what she has been able to accomplish against all odds. With an amazing record and with many trophies to show for it, she makes the case for the greatest women’s player to ever play the sport of tennis.