Less than two weeks after elimination in her final US Open, Serena Williams has already hinted at a potential return to tennis.
Whilst the 40-year-old hasn’t officially retired from the sport, she has described her next step as an “evolution” into the next stage of her life.
However, whilst appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the American tennis legend teased a comeback, making reference to Tom Brady.
The 45-year-old star NFL quarterback notably retired in February, only to backflip on his decision six weeks later.
“Tom Brady started an amazing trend,” Williams said.
“That’s what I want to say.”
“Tom Brady started an amazing trend. That’s what I want to say.”
–@serenawilliams on the future of her tennis career and retirement. #FallonTonight pic.twitter.com/BdcvwrwYqr
Williams didn’t elaborate further on any specific plans to return to tennis but did speak on the reasoning behind her decision to ‘evolve’, rather than ‘retire’.
“I think retirement is something that is super earned and that people work really hard for,” she said.
“I feel like I’m at an age where I definitely have a lot more to give and there’s a lot more that I want to do so I’m not going to be relaxing – there’s so much more for me.
“I feel like it’s more of an evolution of Serena.”
In particular, the 23-time Grand Slam winner is looking forward to devoting time toward activities and projects outside of tennis.
“There are so many things that I’ve been wanting to do for so many years and I’ve had such a passion for tennis for so long that I’ve never done them,” she said.
“Now it’s time for me to start to enjoy those things.”
Williams also appeared on Good Morning America, where she again made reference to Tom Brady’s retirement backflip.
“You never know,” Williams said.
“I’ve been saying that I think Tom Brady started a really cool trend.”
Despite her decision to transition away from the sport, she is certain she wants to be involved in tennis again in the future, even if she doesn’t make a return to the court.
“I feel like tennis has given me so much,” she said.
“I feel like there’s no way I don’t want to be involved in tennis somehow in the future.
“I don’t know what that involvement is yet but I do know that I love the sport so much, I love the game.
“I love everything about it. It has just been such a light in my life.
“I definitely want to keep something involved in that.”