Serena Williams To Play In US Open Women’s Double Event W/ Venus Williams Amid Retirement Announcement
It looks like fans of the Williams sisters can expect to see the pair make a final appearance together before Serena Williams steps away from tennis.
According to reports, tennis stars Serena Williams and her older sister Venus Williams have accepted a wild card to participate in the US Open women’s doubles event together. The tournament is speculated to be the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s last as Serena Williams recently revealed she will be retiring sometime after the upcoming tennis competition. This week, the official US Open Tennis account made the announcement via Twitter and wrote,
“Serena and Venus on the same court. The 2x #USOpen women’s doubles champions have accepted a wild card.”
Reportedly, the sisters have not played together in a doubles tournament at the US Open since 2014. Serena, 40, and Venus Williams, 42, won the US Open doubles tournament together in 1999 and once again in 2009. The two haven’t entered a Grand Slam together at all since the 2018 French Open. Together, they are among the best doubles pairs in the history of the sport and remain undefeated in Grand Slam finals. The US Open is set to begin on Monday, August 29.
As previously reported, Serena announced she was retiring from tennis, although she prefers not to use that word. The professional tennis player shared that her life is evolving and she’s focused on other things. Serena said,
“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.”
The athlete explained,
“I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me. A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm. Soon after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family.”
The tennis superstar added,
“I’m not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment. I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. But please know that I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I’m going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. And I’m going to miss you.”
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