Just over two weeks after being knocked out of the US Open in what many thought would be the final act of her tennis career, Serena Williams has teased her potential return to the sport.
Williams announced before the US Open that she would “evolve away from tennis” after the Grand Slam, where she was eliminated in the third round by Ajla Tomljanović.
And on Wednesday, the 23-time Grand Slam champion said he “never knows” about returning to competitive tennis in the future.
“I think Tom Brady started a very interesting trend, you know … the way he did it,” Williams said on Good Morning America.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brady, now 45, said he would retire from the NFL in February, only to later reverse that decision. He starred in the Bucs’ 19-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
After a year’s absence, Williams returned to singles tennis this year when she competed at Wimbledon, the National Bank Open, the Western & Southern Open and the US Open, winning three matches. He also competed in doubles tennis in several tournaments.
“I feel like tennis has given me so much and I feel like there’s no way I don’t want to be involved in tennis in some way in the future,” she said.
“I don’t know what that involvement is yet, but I do know that I really like the sport.”
Throughout her 27-year tennis career, Williams won 39 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles and 73 WTA Tour singles titles.
As part of her plans to “evolve away from tennis”, Williams said she would focus on her young family, as well as pursue her business interests and charity ambassador roles.
She has also written her first children’s book, “The Adventures of Qai Qai”, about a girl’s journey with her doll and best friend, Qai Qai. It opens at the end of this month.
“It’s so authentic,” Williams said. “It’s a story we came up with during Covid and this particular book by Qai Qai is just about using your imagination because kids have amazing imaginations.
“We couldn’t leave the house and I was playing with Olympia and our dog Qai Qai, who has this amazing personality… We just wanted to put in people’s minds that we can’t forget how important it is to use your imagination. and play.”