Chris Evert Shares Thoughts On Serena Williams' Upcoming Retirement

Chris Evert shares thoughts on Serena Williams’ upcoming retirement

Chris Evert says Serena Williams «isn’t a classic Serena anymore» but still hopes the interest in the American’s matches will be off the charts at the US Open. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, is retiring from professional tennis at the US Open.

Evert acknowledged that Williams is «the best player of this generation» and believes that «every tennis fan» will want a ticket to the American’s matches. “She has been the best player of this generation,” Evert told Women’s Wait Daily.

«It’s going to be crazy. All the fans will want a ticket to see Serena, thinking it’s her last match. She’s not a classic Serena, she’s 40 years old and starting to lose to players she used to beat. I don’t know how long it will last into the tournament, so it’s going to be a crazy first week of people trying to get their last glimpse.»

Evert on Williams retirement

Evert, a former 18-time Grand Slam champion, turned professional in 1972 and retired in 1982. Asked to compare the circumstances of her and Williams’ upcoming retirement, Evert noted that each player has their reasons why. he is finishing his career.

“Everyone retires for a different reason. Sometimes your body gives up, sometimes you are mentally exhausted. I withdrew because I was mentally exhausted. When people talk about Serena and Roger [Federer] and ask: ‘When are you going to retire?’ Unless you’ve been there, you have no idea.

It’s about what’s in your gut, how you feel. You just have to milk it for as long as you can, because once it’s over, it’s done: you won’t be in that world anymore, and you’ll have to create a different life for yourself.

Serena goes towards a family and business life; there are so many wonderful opportunities ahead for her,» Evert said.

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