Those eager about watching Serena Williams on her street to retirement could have alternatives to take action in at the very least three tournaments.
“I don’t know if I will be ready to win New York,” Williams stated in a Vogue cover story saying her retirement, referring to the U.S. Open. “But I’m going to try. And the lead-up tournaments will be fun.”
Her subsequent match is ready for Wednesday within the spherical of 32 of the National Bank Open in Toronto in opposition to the winner of a match on Tuesday between Belinda Bencic and Tereza Martincova. Williams might be scheduled for an evening match, the event stated on its website.
National Bank Open matches are televised by its official broadcasters Sportsnet and TVA Sports. In the United States, the Tennis Channel is broadcasting the Canadian event, and a few matches can be found on Bally Sports.
After the National Bank Open, which ends on Sunday, Williams is predicted to play in Cincinnati on the Western & Southern Open, which runs Aug. 13-21. The event stated on Twitter that it was “honored to be a small part of” Williams’s profession.
“We’re so excited to watch her at our tournament this year,” the event stated.
Williams is predicted to play in Cincinnati with a protected rating that has but to be decided. The event, which has tickets available on-line, is ready to function plenty of formidable gamers, together with Iga Swiatek, the No. 1-ranked participant on the ladies’s tour, and Emma Raducanu, the reigning U.S. Open champion.
After the Western & Southern Open, there are two extra tournaments earlier than the U.S. Open — Tennis in the Land in Cleveland and the National Bank Championships in Granby, Canada. Player lists for the tournaments, which run concurrently Aug. 21-27, haven’t but been launched, and it was unclear whether or not Williams will play in both.
The U.S. Open, the final Grand Slam event of the yr, begins Aug. 29 and runs by Sept. 11. The event might be televised by ESPN, and has tickets available online. The ladies’s last is scheduled for Sept. 10.
While the U.S. Open draw has not been set, the primary likelihood for followers to see Williams could be in the course of the first spherical of the event on Aug. 29 or 30, a match that might almost certainly be performed inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I’m not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment,” Williams advised Vogue. “I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. But please know that I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I’m going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. And I’m going to miss you.”
Williams was obscure about her plans after the U.S. Open, and didn’t pinpoint precisely when she would wind down her time within the sport.