Serena Williams is, for my money, the greatest female athlete of all-time.
Her resume alone tells the entire story.
A 23-time Grand Slam singles champion. A 14-time Grand Slam doubles champion. A four-time Olympic gold medalist.
Williams was and is the standard for women’s tennis players everywhere. But now it’s up to somebody else to take that mantle from her.
Williams announced her retirement in August of 2022.
“One thing I’m not going to do is sugarcoat this,” said Williams. “I know that a lot of people are excited about and look forward to retiring, and I really wish I felt that way. Ashleigh Barty was number one in the world when she left the sport this March, and I believe she really felt ready to move on. Caroline Wozniacki, who is one of my best friends, felt a sense of relief when she retired in 2020.
“Praise to these people, but I’m going to be honest,” Serena continued. “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.”
Serena Williams Teases Comeback In Tweet
But, as countless numbers of male athletes have shown us (looking at you, Michael Jordan and Tom Brady), maybe retirement doesn’t have to actually mean retirement.
Williams set Twitter alight on Wednesday morning with a tweet hinting at a potential comeback…
Everyday I miss playing than I think about training for 8+hrs a day…. It’s not that bad right?
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) March 8, 2023
One simple tweet was enough for fans to run with the idea that maybe the queen of tennis isn’t done after all.
MAAM JUST COME TO WIMBLEDON AND ONE LAST US OPEN PLEASE 😫🙏🏽 https://t.co/lHzx3o8exP
— nia (@niaaiw) March 8, 2023
Just show up to Wimbledon or US Open, pls and thanks 😂💗 https://t.co/JbCtPhfYAG
— cíta🇹🇹 (@_Serendipityyy) March 8, 2023
It’s not that bad at all .. come on back ! https://t.co/HykXxtuuwX
— Supreme Scar™ ( LaMar Monger ) 🇨🇴 (@Scarlito_1017) March 8, 2023
— Bill Ray Valentine (@Du_ragsToRiches) March 8, 2023
What do you say? Is it time for one more go around for Serena?