It’s been a little while coming, but Serena Williams has now entered her retirement era. I mean “evolved away from tennis.” After dominating the sport of tennis for 27 years (!!), Serena played her likely final match on Friday. She lost to Ajla Tomljanovic in a tight match that included a tiebreaking third set. Might as well give the people a show before bowing out of the sport forever (unless she decides to Tom Brady it).
Serena Williams may be the GOAT when it comes to tennis but says she’s the WOAT (Worst of All Time) at saying goodbye. Today, Serena #TookToVogue (legends only) to announce that she doesn’t like the word “retirement,” but is “evolving away from tennis” in order to focus on expanding her family and venture capital firm Serena Ventures. Serena says she’s planning on playing in the U.S. Open later this month, but after that, it’s time to say g… goo… goodb…, girl can barely get it out which is why she says “I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst.” I would argue that Tom Brady is the WOAT but I don’t think any tennis fans would be mad to see Serena take a run at his record of flopping out of retirement. Then again, Serena has a family that needs and adores her.
Serena Williams had a really shitty week at work. She got frustrated, lost her shit, and got into trouble with the powers that be. After accusing her immediate supervisor, US Open umpire Carlos Ramos, of being a thief (for taking a point away from her) and then abusing a racket, Serena was fined $17,000 for her behavior.
Serena later defended her outburst saying that female athletes aren’t afforded the same leeway when it comes expressing their emotions as their male counterparts. Sexism? In sports? Hard to believe! But ok. The USTA (US Tennis Association) and the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) both supported Serena’s claims of sexism and decried the subjective way in which penalties are doled out. Their support has angered the umpires and they’re now threatening to boycott any matches in which Serena is playing.
Multitudes of fans of tennis and general badassery rushed to Serena Williams defense when French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli spoke out against her now famous French Open “catsuit” that she wore earlier this year. According to the Telegraph, Bernard preemptively put the kibosh on any further fashion shenanigans and used Serena’s outfit as an example of what’s not going to be unacceptable moving forward. Thing is, unlike her defenders, Serena’s ok with the criticism. Bernard’s her boi, and it sounds like she’s willing to play along.
Kids do the darndest things. OK, fine, I’ll stop. Residents of one Boise neighborhood woke up this morning wondering if shrooms had somehow gotten into their drinking water because instead of coffee and the morning coffee, they were eye-to-eye with a bunch of four-legged rascals munching on Granny’s favorite rose bush. A herd of goats escaped from their farm, and getting them back home was no easy bleat. I mean, feat. OK, I’ll actually stop this time.
Serena Williams and her adorable little morsel of a baby Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr are on the cover of February’s Vogue, and inside she tells some cute stories about life with baby (Alexis has a little baby gym with dumb-bell shaped rattles) but most interestingly, she gives a harrowing account of how giving birth almost took her out.