Richard Williams revealed he tried to persuade Serena Williams to play "a couple of more tournaments" but his daughter refused because she simply "can't do it anymore." Williams, 41, retired from pro tennis after the US Open.
"I wanted her to play at least a couple more tournaments. She said no, she won't do it. I asked Serena about maybe six weeks ago, two months ago, probably. But she's done a great deal, she has lots of other businesses and is very successful.
I said, 'Why don't you play?' She said, 'I could. I think I could win, but I can't do it no more. Yeah, I won't do it no more,'" Richard Williams told The U.S. Sun.
Richard Williams wanted his daughter Serena to play a bit more
Williams was out for 12 months before entering Wimbledon.
In her first three tournaments of the year, Williams went 1-3. After struggling in her first three tournaments, Williams returned to the practice court, where she had two weeks of hard practice. At the US Open, Williams looked much better as she defeated Danka Kovinic in the first round.
Then, Williams defeated Anett Kontaveit in the second round - at the time Kontaveit was the second-ranked player in the world. In the third round, Williams left it all on the court against Ajla Tomljanovic but the 2022 Wimbledon quarterfinalist escaped with a three-set win.
Even though Williams didn't manage to make a really deep US Open run, many thought that she had a reason to continue playing beyond the US Open. Also, many believed that with additional practice, Williams could potentially be a legitimate Grand Slam contender again.
In the weeks after the US Open, Williams was jokingly hinting she could return to tennis one day. However, the general expectation is that Williams will stay retired. Even if Williams never again plays, she will always be remembered as one of the greatest champions in tennis history.