Serena Williams Says Farewell to Tennis On Her Own Terms

I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me.

I struggle with that word too. I struggle with the fact that one day, after decades of working, I will wake up one morning and no longer be that person I was yesterday. It’s too sudden, and drastic.

There is no happiness in this topic for me. I know it’s not the usual thing to say, but I feel a great deal of pain. It’s the hardest thing that I could ever imagine. I hate it. I hate that I have to be at this crossroads. I keep saying to myself, I wish it could be easy for me, but it’s not. I’m torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.

Knowing when to walk away is one thing, but actually finding the strength and courage to do it is another.

I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. But please know that I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I’m going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. And I’m going to miss you. 

Goodbye Serena Williams, the tennis champion. We’re going to miss you and you’ll continue to be a role model to many.

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