Serena Williams has revealed her plans to explore business interests and expand her family once the tennis icon walks away from the sport after the US Open. Williams announced her decision to retire in September’s edition of Vogue, redefining retirement as an ‘evolution’.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion will walk away from the sport after the US Open, the fourth and final major tournament of the season. Since Williams’ announcement, fans and figures from the sporting world have paid tribute to her excellence.
Many hailed the 40-year-old as the ‘Greatest Of All Time’ and hoped to see her perhaps match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles. Ahead of her final outing, Williams went on Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s podcast as the two are close friends.
The pair recount challenges they’ve experienced in their private lives, including stories concerning having to work after scary incidents involving their children. Williams recalled when she played a match at the 2018 French Open after a near-sleepless night when daughter Olympia broke her wrist.
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The 40-year-old has plenty of interests off the court, such as her venture capital firm Serena Ventures, which reportedly raised an inaugural fund of £91.4 million last March. Both Serena and Venus are minority owners of NFL franchise Miami Dolphins, while the former is also part owner of National Women’s Soccer League side Angel City FC.
Williams was among the executive producers of King Richard, the award-winning movie starring Will Smith as her father. She also has her own sustainable clothing line, S by Serena.
The 2022 US Open main draw begins on Monday August 29 and runs for two weeks in New York.