Vogue published a video showing Serena Williams breaking down the outstanding outfits she worn across her career. We remind you that Serena recently announced her retirement in a recent issue of the famous fashion magazine.
“As she says goodbye to tennis, Serena Williams sits down with Vogue to revisit some of her most memorable looks on and off the court. From her early days with her iconic braids to the Met Gala and her wedding to Alexis Ohanian, watch as Serena goes in-depth on her most unforgettable fashion moments,” Vogue says about the video.
How did Serena Williams announced her retirement
At the US Open, Serena Williams, a 23-time Major champion, will retire from tennis. Serena made the announcement in her story for the September issue of Vogue, claiming that she had to do it even though she detested every second of it.
"I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn't feel like a modern word to me. I've been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people.
Maybe the best word to describe what I'm up to is evolution. I'm here to tell you that I'm evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me. A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm.
Soon after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family. But I've been reluctant to admit to myself or anyone else that I have to move on from playing tennis. Alexis, my husband, and I have hardly talked about it; it's like a taboo topic.
I can't even have this conversation with my mom and dad. It's like it's not real until you say it out loud. It comes up, I get an uncomfortable lump in my throat, and I start to cry. The only person I've really gone there with is my therapist!
One thing I'm not going to do is sugarcoat this. I know that a lot of people are excited about and look forward to retiring, and I really wish I felt that way. Ashleigh Barty was number one in the world when she left the sport this March, and I believe she really felt ready to move on.
Caroline Wozniacki, who is one of my best friends, felt a sense of relief when she retired in 2020. Praise to these people, but I'm going to be honest. 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.
I don't know how I'm going to be able to look at this magazine when it comes out, knowing that this is it, the end of a story that started in Compton, California, with a little Black girl who just wanted to play tennis. This sport has given me so much," Serena Williams said to Vogue.