These serious about watching Serena Williams on her highway to retirement may have alternatives to take action in at the very least three tournaments.
“I do not know if I can be able to win New York,” Williams mentioned in a Vogue cowl story saying her retirement, referring to the US Open. “However I will strive. And the lead-up tournaments can be enjoyable.”
Her subsequent match is ready for Wednesday within the spherical of 32 of the Nationwide Financial institution Open in Toronto in opposition to the winner of a match on Tuesday between Belinda Bencic and Tereza Martincova. Williams can be scheduled for an evening match, the match mentioned on its web site.
Nationwide Financial institution Open matches are televised by its official broadcasters Sportsnet and TVA Sports activities. In the US, the Tennis Channel is broadcasting the Canadian match, and a few matches can be found on Bally Sports activities.
After the Nationwide Financial institution Open, which ends on Sunday, Williams is anticipated to play in Cincinnati on the Western & Southern Open, which runs Aug. 13-21. The match mentioned on Twitter that it was “honored to be a small a part of” Williams’s profession.
“We’re so excited to observe her at our match this 12 months,” the match mentioned.
Williams is anticipated to play in Cincinnati with a protected rating that has but to be decided. The match, which has tickets accessible on-line, is ready to function a lot of formidable gamers, together with Iga Swiatek, the No. 1-ranked participant on the ladies’s tour, and Emma Raducanu, the reigning US Open champion.
After the Western & Southern Open, there are two extra tournaments earlier than the US Open — Tennis within the Land in Cleveland and the Nationwide Financial institution Championships in Granby, Canada. Participant 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 US Open, the final Grand Slam match of the 12 months, begins Aug. 29 and runs by means of Sept. 11. The match can be televised by ESPN, and has tickets accessible on-line. The ladies’s closing is scheduled for Sept. 10.
“I am not in search of some ceremonial, closing on-court second,” Williams instructed Vogue. “I am horrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. However please know that I’m extra grateful for you than I can ever categorical in phrases. You have got carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I will miss that model of me, that woman who performed tennis. And I will miss you.”
Williams was obscure about her plans after the US Open, and didn’t pinpoint precisely when she would wind down her time within the sport.