Serena Williams, who appeared to be saying goodbye to competitive tennis at the US Open, hinted on Wednesday that she may not have been ready by recalling a famous U-turn in retirement.
Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, said on ABC’s Good Morning America that she liked the example of 45-year-old NFL star quarterback Tom Brady, who retired in February only to say six weeks later that he would come back for a 23rd season.
“You never know,” Williams said. “I said I think Tom Brady started a really cool trend.”
However, Williams promised not to follow in the footsteps of the seven-time Super Bowl champion who led Tampa Bay to victory in the NFL season opener last week.
Williams, who turns 41 on Sept. 26, said she was away from tennis before the US Open, where her third-round loss seemed like a final farewell to her stellar career.
Venus Williams, Serena’s older sister and seven-time Grand Slam winner, has been trying to get Serena to make a comeback, the younger sibling revealed.
“She’s not ready yet,” Serena Williams said. “This is just me. She’s trying to get hold of me and I’m like, ‘No’.”
Asked if she could somehow keep a “foot” in the world of competitive tennis, Williams indicated that the sport was in her future plans, but those remain uncertain.
“I feel like tennis has given me so much,” Williams said. “I feel like I don’t want to be involved in tennis in any way in the future.
“I don’t know what that involvement is yet, but I do know that I love the sport so much, I love the game. I love it all. I’ve just been such a light in my life. I definitely want to be involved in that.”
Williams said her new phase hasn’t sunk in yet” because after sleeping for two days after her last loss, she has been busy every day as an entrepreneur and mother.