Serena Williams says the word "retirement" isn't for her in upcoming CBS interview

Serena Williams says the word "retirement" isn't for her in upcoming CBS interview

by Tom Grant

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All-time great Serena Williams insists she is 'definitely evolving' rather than relaxing and enjoying retirement as the 41-year-old updated fans of life after tennis.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion bid farewell to the sport during last years US Open after hinting at hanging up her racket in an August 2022 Vogue magazine interview.

In that feature, Williams described her stepping away from tennis not as "retirement" but rather she was "evolving away" from the game to focus on other interests.

Now, in an interview to be aired on Wednesday, February 1 in the United States, Williams reiterated her belief, again using the words "evolving."

She told CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King:

"I definitely am evolving. Because I feel like when you retire, it's different. You put up your gloves or your club or your racket or whatever that is, or your computer, and then you just relax. And you go and you just basically take life in. And that's not what I'm doing."

Williams has other business interests, mainly in the form of Serena Ventures, a firm that investment firm that backs diverse companies financially, such as the weight-loss app Noom, crypto company Nestcoin Holding Ltd and nude barre, which produces bodywear for all.

She added to King:

"I just feel like, for me, retirement is such a big word for someone at my age. And I was just like, 'Um I don't think ... that really fits me. I never really fit in a box anyway. Never. I just need to be out of that. I just need an arm out of the box, or a leg. Something."

Elsewhere, Williams will star in a half-time ad during the upcoming Superbowl on February 12.

The ‘Caddyshack’ inspired commercial will also feature Succession star Brian Cox, as the pair play two new budding golf members at Bushwood Country Club.


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