Serena Williams teases tennis fans as she says ‘I’m not retired’ after announcing she will play on for another five years
Serena Williams on Tuesday announced she would play on for another five years in tennis, but the 34-year-old is not hanging up her racquet.
The three-time Grand Slam winner made her announcement as she warmed up for Australian Open play, saying: ‘I’m not retired.’
‘I feel great. I don’t feel like I should be retired. I’m not because I love to play this sport. I’m going to play tennis until I’m 90 or 91 and then I’ll be retired. I’m not retiring,’ she said.
Williams is now the world No. 1, having reclaimed the top spot from Novak Djokovic when they battled it out in the women’s doubles final at the US Open on Monday.
Williams will continue her playing career at age 34 but her comeback with the US Open is still in doubt
Djokovic has been playing with a back injury for several months, having played no part in the women’s doubles final
Ahead of her Australian Open debut she announced she would leave her trademark pink court shoes at the door so she wouldn’t have to stand in them if she became the oldest ever Grand Slam singles champion at the event
She had to make sure her back is in good shape for the Australian Open, as she will return to competition in a fortnight’s time.
‘It is my last tournament. There is no way I can come back, because I love playing this sport,’ she said.
However, there remain some doubts as to whether she will be ready. She had to make sure her back is in good shape for the Australian Open, as she will return to competition in a fortnight’s time.
Williams said: ‘My main thing is my back. It’s definitely not 100 per