Less than two weeks after being kicked out of the US Open (a moment many thought would be the final act of her tennis career), Serena Williams has teased her potential return to the sport.
Williams announced before the US Open that she would evolve “away from tennis” after the Grand Slam, where she was knocked out in the third round by Ajla Tomljanovic.
And on Wednesday, the 23-time Grand Slam champion said “you don’t know” about a return to competitive tennis in the future.
“I think Tom Brady started a really cool trend, you know … the way he did it,” Williams said on Good Morning America.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brady, now 45, said he was retiring from the NFL in February, only to later reverse that decision. On Sunday, the Bucs beat the Dallas Cowboys 19-3.
After a year’s absence, Williams made a brief return to singles tennis this year, winning three matches at Wimbledon, the National Bank Open, the Western & Southern Open and the US Open. He also participated in several tournaments in doubles tennis.
“I feel like tennis has given me so much and I don’t think there’s any way I don’t want to be involved in tennis in the future,” she said.
“I still don’t know what that participation is, but I know that I love the sport very much.”
In her 27-year tennis career, Williams won 39 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles and 73 WTA Tour singles titles.
As part of her plans to “evolve from tennis”, Williams said she would focus on her young family, as well as her business interests and her role as a charity ambassador.
She is also the author of her first children’s book, “The Adventures of Qai Qai”, about a young girl’s journey with her doll and best friend, Qai Qai. It will be released this month.
“It’s so real,” Williams said. “It’s a story we came up with in the time of Covid and this particular book by Qai Qai is all about using your imagination because kids have amazing imaginations.
“We couldn’t leave the house and I was playing with Olympia and our dog Qai Qai, who has this amazing personality… We really wanted to remind people that we can’t forget how important it is to use your imagination and play.”.