Serena Williams: Tennis great ‘ready to hit some balls again’ as she hints at return | tennis news

Tennis great Serena Williams has hinted at a comeback 18 months after “evolving away from tennis” and said on social media she is “ready to hit some balls again”.

Williams, 42, said she was “getting away from tennis” at a rehearsal for Fashion magazine in 2022 and, although he did not confirm the US Open as his farewell event, he received lavish tributes before each match in New York and said goodbye with emotion after losing in the third round to Ajla Tomljanovic.

“I’m not retired,” Williams said. at a conference in San Francisco while promoting her investment company, Serena Ventures, in October 2022. “The chances (of a comeback) are very high. You can come to my house, I have a court.”

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who took the tennis world by storm as a teenager and is considered by many to be the greatest of all time, revealed at the time that she was not preparing for a post-US Open tournament and did not think so. natural. .

“I haven’t really thought about (retirement) yet,” he said. “But I woke up the other day and walked onto the court and (considered) for the first time in my life that I wasn’t playing for a competition, and it felt really strange.

“It was like the first day of the rest of my life and I’m enjoying it, but I’m still trying to find that balance.”

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Williams has been careful not to say the R-word and instead announced that she was “evolving” away from tennis.

“I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t seem like a modern word to me,” Williams wrote in Fashion in August.

“I’ve been thinking about 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 doing is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving from tennis to other things that are important to me.”

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Women’s tennis, like Serena, has evolved in the 18 months since she left the scene with Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina creating a new ‘Big Four’ and taking women’s tennis to new heights.

If Serena were to return, ideally she would be 100 percent fit and ready to compete against the best.

Her last Grand Slam singles title came in 2017, but try as she might, the American couldn’t match 24-time Grand Slam winner Margaret Court.

The fact that Novak Djokovic won his 24th title at Roland Garros last year could act as additional motivation for Serena, who may well feel that her story may yet have a fairytale ending.

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