Serena Williams has confirmed that she has had discussions with top-ranked Novak Djokovic on the Professional Tennis Players Association but refused to get into any more details on the same during her press conference at the US Open on Saturday.
Djokovic had told the press earlier the new players association would also include women players and said he had spoken to Williams on the same.
Serena Williams tight-lipped on conversation with Novak Djokovic on PTPA
The 38 year old Williams, who is chasing her 24th Grand Slam women's singles title, did not divulge any details about whether she intended to sign up for the new association.
"Well, yeah, we spoke a little bit right before, like a day before, day of the tournament. And that was between me and him. And right now I'm really focused on the US Open and nothing else I can think about right now.
Well, I'm very good at holding my tongue, and right now, like I said, I'm really focused on the tournament. My conversation was between me and Novak." The American has won more than $90 million in career prize money, the most by any player in tennis history, and spoke about how appreciative she was for the Original 9, the founding members of the WTA Tour.
"I think they have had a huge -- they are. They started the tour, the new version of the tour. Sometimes you need someone or a group of women, strong people, to stand up for not even themselves, really. What they did, and I'm sure they knew it, they were standing up for the future generations, and that takes a lot of humility and a lot of courage.
So it's remarkable because of them I'm able to play for, not only play tennis but, you know, have a decent job at it, as well. I'm greatly appreciative." At the age of 38, Williams knows that retirement may not be very far for her - something she says was reflected to her in the recent retirement of the Bryan Brothers.
"I heard about it (Bryan Brothers) just as the tournament was starting. I was doing my press, and I just read, I think they retired the day before or night before. Honestly, I wasn't ready for it. I knew it was going to come at some point, but, you know, I have been on tour with them our whole lives.
It's always sad to see another one go. It's, like, Okay, it moves me even closer to the line, and I'm trying to avoid the line (smiling)."