Former Tennis Champion Serena Williams Reflects on the Challenges of Relaxation
by FARUK IMAMOVIC | VIEW 211
Tennis champion Serena Williams is finding it difficult to relax on her first vacation since retiring from professional tennis. The 23-time Grand Slam winner took to Twitter to confess that "it's harder than I ever imagined" to allow herself to rest and be tired.
Williams announced her plans to step away from the sport in a Vogue essay earlier this year, writing that she was undergoing an "evolution" rather than retirement. Despite the relaxation struggles, Williams has been keeping busy during her time off.
She recently threw a surprise Moana-themed party for her daughter, Olympia, and gave a tour of her sister Venus's impressive trophy room. In the tour, Williams showed off Venus's Wimbledon and U.S Open trophies, among others.
As Williams adjusts to life post-tennis, she is taking the opportunity to rest and recharge. It may not be easy for the former champion, but it's a necessary part of the evolution process. Fans of Williams can look forward to seeing what she accomplishes in the coming years as she moves on from professional tennis.
Importance of self-care
In her Vogue essay, Williams spoke about the importance of self-care and taking time for oneself. "I have never liked the word retirement. It doesn’t feel like a modern word to me. I’ve been thinking of this as a transition, but I want to be sensitive about how I use that word, which means something very specific and important to a community of people.
Maybe the best word to describe what I’m up to is evolution. I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me. A few years ago I quietly started Serena Ventures, a venture capital firm.
Soon after that, I started a family. I want to grow that family." As a 23-time Grand Slam champion, Williams has achieved incredible success in her career. She has won the most Grand Slam titles in the history of women's tennis and has consistently ranked as one of the best players in the world.
Williams has also used her platform to advocate for issues such as equal pay and racial justice. As she transitions into this new phase of her life, fans can look forward to seeing what other achievements and advocacy work Williams takes on.