Venus Williams - Indian Wells 2017

“I would like to play again” – Venus Williams shuts down retirement rumours

Venus Williams has clarified that she intends to continue playing professional tennis, after many fans thought that she would follow her sister, Serena Williams, and move away from the sport.

Williams appears to be preparing for a return to tennis in 2023, after many wondered if she would leave the game altogether following just four singles matches this year.


The 42-year-old spoke about how it is never too late to learn, as she has been practicing following her disappointment at the US Open, where she lost her opening round matches in both singles and doubles.

“I’ve been hitting the court a lot and let me tell you I hit the court right after the doubles match that we played at the US Open. I immediately booked the court the next day and I went to every single practice in New York. I hit indoors and I’ve been hitting ever since and that’s been a lot of fun.”

“I have actually been working on a lot of things. Mainly my forehand and my serve, which is the most important shot in tennis.”

“I’ve been working on slicing, and I never slice. I slice like once per year in a match, and yesterday I played a point and sliced four times, which is a world record for me! I have also been in the gym a lot and working on my leg strength.”

When and in what capacity the seven-time Grand Slam champion will return is still unknown, but fans will be relieved to hear that Venus Williams has not handed in the towel just yet.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.