Why Serena Williams Says Retiring From Tennis Has Been ‘a Relief’
Serena Williams has opened up about her life since retiring from tennis and described quitting the game as a “relief”.
The 41-year-old announced she was retiring in September and has since found her feet again after devoting herself to tennis since the age of 2.
Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in the Open Era and second all-time behind Margaret Court’s 24. But after the focus and intensity of a long career, much of it trying to stay on top, she told Newsweek. she is relieved to have finally stopped.
Serena Williams has opened up about her “relief” at retiring from tennis and her appearance in a Super Bowl ad about gender equality in sports for Michelob Ultra. Michelob Ultra
She said she was warned of how she might feel after finishing the sport she was so passionate about, but so far the depression she might have felt has not materialized.
“It’s funny because you’d think it was really a fall, but it’s more of a relief,” she said. “I’m literally waiting for the downhill, because everyone tells me it’s going to be hard, but I’m still waiting for it. I’m really happy to have played for so long.”
The time in her schedule has meant that she has once again seized the opportunity to star in a commercial that is heading to one of the prestigious Super Bowl slots.
She has teamed up with Michelob Ultra for a golf-flavored commercial that will celebrate gender equality with a golf tournament in which Serena will face Succession star Brian Cox.
For the second year in a row, the spot is directed by award-winning, Oscar-nominated cinematographer and director Rachel Morrison, known for her work on some of today’s best independent and blockbuster films.
Serena Williams has said her schedule is open to any acting offers after starring in Michelob Ultra’s Super Bowl commercial for the second year in a row. Michelob Ultra
It was a different job than what she was used to on the tennis court, but she didn’t feel out of her comfort zone stepping in front of the camera to show off her acting skills.
“It was definitely a fun thing to do and being on set was really fun and cool and working with everyone that was there,” she said. “I haven’t worked with absolutely everyone, but knowing what the spot was about made it really different and really cool and I was really excited to do it.”
Was that enough to give Serena the acting bug? There seemed to be a glimmer of luck that she could take action this way.
“That would be fun, wouldn’t it,” she said. “It would be unplanned, but I’m open and pretty free now, my schedule is open. I don’t have a lot of free time, but I could do it.”
Hollywood is calling you? We will have to wait and see.
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