Serena Williams retires: Hamilton, Witherspoon and stars reactions

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Serena Williams retires: Hamilton, Witherspoon and stars reactions

Serena Williams has decided to say goodbye to tennis. Through an interview with Vogue, which will be published in the September issue, the former world number one has declared that after the US Open she will retire from the WTA Tour, after more than twenty years of career.

In a post published on social media, which previews the entire interview with the US magazine, she explained the reasons for this retirement: "There comes a time in life when we have to decide to move in a different direction.

That moment is always difficult when you love something so much. My God, I love tennis. But now, the countdown has begun. I need to focus on being a mom, my spiritual goals and finally discovering a different, yet simply exciting.

I will enjoy these next few weeks." Serena Williams' retirement has sparked various reactions, especially from colleagues on the WTA Tour. "This is very sad news. She is an icon, she is a legend. Sport needs her. She has done amazing things not only for tennis but for women as well.

She gave us a way forward. I'm sure he will just be a great, great model, even away from tennis and will still help the younger generation," said Leylah Fernandez. Another Canadian and another Grand Slam finalist, Bianca Andreescu expressed her amazement at the retirement of the Queen: "I feel honored to have had the opportunity to play her and even get in touch with her in some way.

I was absolutely shocked. Because I just woke up and I understood it and I said to myself: What?"

Social reactions

What was not said to the microphones was published on social media: from the stories of the tennis players to the reactions of the world of cinema and other sportsmen.

In addition to the stories of two colleagues like Frances Tiafoe and Grigor Dimitrov, there are also messages from Lewis Hamilton: "What an icon! Queen!" And Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon: "Thank you for sharing this incredible gift with us and grace!"

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