At a press conference during the Cincinnati tournament, Stan Wawrinka was asked to comment on the news of Serena Williams‘ Retirement. The Swiss praised Serena, explaining: «I think Serena Williams has been a perfect ambassador for tennis as she helped increase the popularity of our sport around the world.
All sports lovers cannot help but pay tribute to him. I have always been a great admirer of hers and we share great moments of her. It will be sad not to see her on tour again after the US Open. I remember that in 2015 we both won Roland Garros and we had a lot of fun that night.»
Greg Rusedski also dedicated beautiful words to Serena: «As much as it hurts her, I understand her decision to retire. Her first Grand Slam win dates back to 1999, 23 endless years have passed. It would be great if she retired by winning the US Open like she did.» Pete Sampras.
The public will cheer her on from the first to the last point, putting her opponents in an awkward position.»
Serena and her goodbye to tennis
Through an article published in Vogue, Serena Williams announced her imminent retirement from tennis.
The American legend, who won his first Slam in 1999, wants to spend more time with his family and focus on other projects. Despite not having indicated a precise date, the former WTA number 1 has hinted that the US Open 2022 will be her last professional tournament.
Barring a sensational backlash in New York, Williams will not be able to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Slams. Serena has played very little in the last two seasons and seemed a long way from the glories of the past.
She wrote on Instagram: «It’s never easy to leave something you love madly. I love tennis, but it’s time to take a different direction. I will enjoy these last few weeks on the court and then start a new chapter in my life.»