Serena Williams confirms to Bradley Cooper that she may make comeback to tennis
Serena Williams recently retired, but she is not opposed to returning.
She told Bradley Cooper on Sept. 24 at an A+E Networks and History Channel History Talks event in Washington, D.C.
Serena, 40, says she “just needed to stop.” playing tennis.
“I always said I wanted to stop when I’m playing really good tennis and winning and beating good players,” she added. Spiritually and with my daughter and family are my priorities.
Serena and Alexis Ohanian welcomed Olympia in 2017.
“As a super hands-on mom, I can’t tell you how hard it was. I lost so many matches after I had Olympia because it was so hard to be on the court,” she continued. “I feel like I’ve given so much of my life to tennis, my entire life, that it’s time to do something different for me and also work on other things.”
The four-time Olympic gold medallist announced her retirement in August.
“I have never liked the word retirement,” she wrote in Vogue’s September 2022 edition. “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. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me.”
“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 lost her final professional match on Sept. 2 at the 2022 U.S. Open to Ajla Tomljanovic.