Will Serena Williams Return to Tennis After Retirement? The Athlete Says She ‘Can Still Come Back’

Serena Williams is pulling a Tom Brady and teasing the possibility of un-retiring.

The former tennis player, 41, sat down for a recent interview with Bradley Cooper. Williams explained that while she wants to spend more time with her husband, Alexis Ohanian, and her daughter, Olympia, she doesn’t know what the future holds post-retirement. “I feel like if I want to come back, I definitely can still come back,” she told the actor, according to Variety.

“I always said I wanted to stop when I’m playing really good tennis and winning and beating good players,” Williams added. “For me, it’s really about things I want to do spiritually and spending time with my daughter and family.”

The athlete admitted that her lookalike daughter, Olympia, played a huge role in her decision to step away from the court. “As a super hands-on mom, I can’t tell you how hard it was. I lost so many matches after I had Olympia because it was so hard to be on the court,” she continued. “I feel like I’ve given so much of my life to tennis, my entire life, that it's time to do something different for me and also work on other things.”

The news comes a few weeks after Williams announced that she’s retiring from tennis, so she can spend more time with her family. At the time, she was preparing for the U.S. Open and confirmed that it would be her last tournament.

“There comes a time in life when we have to decide to move in a different direction,” she wrote in the September issue of Vogue. “That time is always hard when you love something so much. My goodness do I enjoy tennis.”

She continued, “I have to focus on being a mom, my spiritual goals and finally discovering a different, but just exciting Serena.”

We can’t wait to see what Williams does next.

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...