The US Open ‘will honor Serena Williams with a farewell ceremony’ even if she wins Monday’s first-round match… as the outgoing champion ‘invites around 100 guests’ to a sold-out Arthur Ashe to the opportunity
- Serena Williams, 40, set to retire from tennis after US Open
- The 23-time Grand Slam winner takes on Danka Kovinic on Monday night
- US Open organizers will bid farewell afterwards, even if she wins over Arthur Ashe
Regardless of Monday night’s outcome, the US Open will hold a farewell ceremony for Serena Williams as she lifts the curtain on her glittering career.
Williams will face Danka Kovinic against Arthur Ashe in the evening session, the tie on day one of the US Open.
Williams, 40, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, is set to retire after her home major, meaning Monday’s match could be her last singles match if she loses.
And according to the New York Post, the 23,800 sold-out crowd will watch after his match as American tennis pays tribute to his stunning career.
The publication adds that Williams will have around 100 guests on hand, including family and friends, to watch her in action.
Williams heads into Monday’s match with a 1-3 record since returning to Wimbledon earlier this year.
The US Open will honor Serena Williams on Monday, whether she wins or loses
Williams is expected to retire from tennis after the US Open, which begins on Monday
Williams is stepping away in part to focus on her family – pictured here with husband Alexis Ohanian, the founder of Reddit, and their daughter Olympia
She was beaten by defending US Open champion Emma Raducanu at the Cincinnati Open earlier in August, but even for Williams now, her draw with Kovinic is winnable.
The 27-year-old Montenegro is heading to the Williams showdown on a five-game losing streak.
But even if Williams loses on Monday, there will be another opportunity to see her on the court as she also competes in doubles alongside her sister, Venus.
And she has, in truth, been coy about the fact that the US Open is absolutely her last tournament.
Announcing her intention to retire in early August in Vogue, Williams said: “I never liked the word (retirement).
“It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I thought of it as a transition, but I want to be sensitive to how I use this word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people.
Danka Kovinic will face Williams in what could be the American’s last singles match
Williams struggled for form ahead of the US Open and recently lost to Emma Raducanu
“Perhaps the best word to describe what I do is evolution,” she continued. “I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, towards other things that are important to me.”
Williams not only wants to spend more time with her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and their five-year-old child, Olympia, but she’s hoping for another child.
“Last year, Alexis and I tried for another child, and we recently received information from my doctor which reassured me and made me feel that whenever we are ready, we can add to our family,’ Williams wrote.
“I absolutely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete. I need to be two-footed in tennis or two-footed.