In a long interview, Caroline Wozniacki dedicated beautiful words to Serena Williams. The former Danish tennis champion said: «Serena is a wonderful person. Not only is she the greatest player of all time, but she is also credited with elevating women’s sport.»
She pushed me and all the other girls to play better and change gears so I could keep up with her. Serena is also great off the court. She was the first person to call me when I was having a hard time, she wanted to make sure she was okay.
I love her so much.» Patrick Mouratoglou is skeptical about Serena’s possible return. «Would I like to see her play again? Everyone would like it, she is a legend of this sport. However, she will only have fun if she is competitive enough.
To be special at something, and she was, you have to be even a little obsessive. You need to be 100% focused on that activity. Otherwise, even if you are a tennis genius, it gets complicated. Either way, no one will forget what he brought to tennis.»
2022 and their goodbyes
2022 was the definitive explosion of Carlos Alcaraz, but it will also be remembered as the year of the great withdrawals. Legends like Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Juan Martín del Potro and Ashleigh Barty have said goodbye to the Men’s and Women’s Tour, to start a new stage in their lives.
The Australian announced her retirement shortly after winning the Australian Open, when Federer and del Potro realized they could no longer compete at the highest level. The Swiss played his last official match with his rival Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup, the exhibition that he himself founded in 2017.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion received a splendid tribute at the end of the match, useful to certify the enormous impact that the Swiss maestro has had on the sport over the past two decades. Serena, for her part, chose the US Open as the last tournament of her career.
To tell the truth, the American has never uttered the word retirement and it cannot be ruled out that she may play again in the future.