Those interested in watching Serena Williams on her way to retirement will have opportunities to do so in at least three tournaments.
“I don’t know if I’ll be ready to win New York,” Williams said in a Vogue cover story announcing her retirement, referring to the US Open. “But I will try. And preliminary tournaments will be fun.”
Her next match is set for Wednesday in the round of 32 at the National Bank Open in Toronto against the winner of a Tuesday match between Belinda Bencic and Tereza Martincova. Williams will have a night match, the tournament said on its website.
National Bank Open matches are televised by official broadcasters Sportsnet and TVA Sports. In the US, the Tennis Channel broadcasts the Canadian tournament, and some matches are available on Bally Sports.
After the National Bank Open, which concludes on Sunday, Williams is expected to play in Cincinnati at the Western & Southern Open, which runs 13-21. August. The tournament continued Twitter that it was “an honor to be a small part” of Williams’ career.
“We are so excited to see her in our tournament this year,” the tournament said.
Williams is expected to play in Cincinnati with a protected rating yet to be determined. The tournament, which has tickets available online, is set to feature a number of formidable players, including Iga Swiatek, the No. 1-ranked player on the women’s tour, and Emma Raducanu, the reigning US Open champion.
After the Western & Southern Open, there are two more tournaments before the US Open – Tennis in the Land in Cleveland and the National Bank Championships in Granby, Canada. Player lists for the tournaments, which run simultaneously 21.-27. August, have not yet been announced, and it was unclear whether Williams will play in any of them.
The US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, begins on August 29 and runs through September 11. The tournament will be televised by ESPN, and tickets are available online. The women’s final is scheduled for September 10.
“I’m not looking for a ceremonial, last moment on the court,” Williams told Vogue. “I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. But please know that I am more grateful to you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many victories and so many trophies. I will miss that version of me, the girl who played tennis. And I will miss you.”
Williams was vague about her plans after the US Open, not specifying exactly when she would end her time in the sport.