Serena Williams, the former world number one tennis player, has been a prominent figure in the tennis world for many years. However, her decision to start a family has put her tennis career on hold. Serena announced her pregnancy at the Met Gala event, which came as a surprise to many of her fans. Since then, she has been focusing on motherhood and her family, putting her tennis career on the back burner.
However, her father, Richard Williams, has been attempting to convince her to return to the sport. Despite his efforts, Serena has remained firm in her decision to prioritize her family over her tennis career. This has left many fans disappointed, but they have come to accept that Serena’s family life comes first.
Serena Williams’ Met Gala look is one for the ages 😍
She’s announced she’s expecting her second child with husband Alexis Ohanian 🤍
(h/t serenawilliams/IG) pic.twitter.com/2A6rbbM93e
— ESPN (@espn) May 2, 2023
Serena’s pregnancy announcement at the Met Gala event is the start of a new chapter in her life. Her daughter Olympia was born in 2017, and since then, Serena Williams has been juggling motherhood and her professional tennis career. However, after careful consideration, she announced her retirement from the sport last year, citing a desire to focus on her family.
Serena Williams puts return rumors to rest
Despite this decision, there are still those who wish to see her return to the tennis court. Richard Williams, her father, and former coach, recently revealed in a rare interview with The Sun that he had tried to convince her to play at least a couple more tournaments. However, Serena refused, citing her successful business ventures and her daughter Olympia as the reasons behind her retirement.
In the interview, Richard Williams spoke fondly of his granddaughter, whom he feels extremely proud of. Olympia has already shown impressive language skills, speaking both English and French at a young age. Her success is a testament to Serena’s dedication to her family, and it is clear that she wants to prioritize their needs above her own.
“I wanted her to play at least a couple more tournaments. She said no, she won’t do it. I asked Serena about maybe six weeks ago, two months ago, probably. But she’s done a great deal, she has lots of other businesses and is very successful. Her baby [Olympia] is unbelievable,” he said.
“She already speaks English and French very well … that child is doing extremely well. I said, ‘Why don’t you play?’ She said, ‘I could. I think I could win, but I can’t do it no more. Yeah, I won’t do it no more.'”
No formal training in tennis, but probably the best tennis coach in history – Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams.
The talent was there. Also his passion and belief in his daughters to succeed in the sport made a huge difference. pic.twitter.com/BWFpKrOwEV
— Jide Awe (@jidaw) December 20, 2021
Serena’s decision to retire has sparked a discussion about the importance of work-life balance, particularly for women who face unique challenges in balancing their professional and personal lives. Many have praised Serena for setting an example and prioritizing her family, even though it means stepping away from a successful career.
Serena’s legacy in tennis is unparalleled, with 23 Grand Slam titles and a record-breaking career that spanned over two decades. Her contributions to the sport have inspired countless young women to pursue their dreams, both on and off the court. While she may no longer be competing professionally, her impact on the sport will continue to be felt for years to come.