Those interested in watching Serena Williams make her retirement journey will have at least three tournaments to watch.
“I don’t know if I’ll be ready to win New York,” Williams said in one Vogue cover story Announcing her retirement with reference to the US Open. “But I will try it. And the preparatory tournaments will be fun.”
Her next match is on Wednesday in the round of 16 of the National Bank Open in Toronto against Belinda Bencic, a 12th-ranked Swiss who defeated Tereza Martincova on Tuesday. Williams is scheduled for a night game, the tournament said website. Bencic, 25, last faced Williams at the 2017 Australian Open.
National Bank Open games will be televised by official broadcasters Sportsnet and TVA Sports. In the United States, the Tennis Channel will broadcast the Canadian tournament and some matches are available on Bally Sports.
After the National Bank Open, which ends Sunday, Williams is expected to play in Mason, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, in the Western & Southern Open, taking place August 13-21. The tournament said further Twitter that it was “an honor to be a small part of” Williams’ career.
“We are very excited to see them at our tournament this year,” the tournament said.
Williams is expected to play outside of Cincinnati with a protected ranking yet to be determined. The tournament that has Tickets available Online, there will be a number of impressive players including Iga Swiatek, No. 1 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 country in Cleveland and the Championships of the National Banks in Granby, Quebec. The player lists for the tournaments, which will be held simultaneously on August 21-27, have not yet been released and it was unclear if Williams will participate in both.
The US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, starts on August 29th and runs until September 11th. The tournament will be televised by ESPN and has Tickets available online. The women’s final is scheduled for September 10th.
While the US Open draw has yet to be determined, fans’ first chance to see Williams is in the first round of the tournament on August 29 or 30, a game most likely to be played at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I’m not looking for a ceremonial, final moment on the court,” Williams told Vogue. “I’m terrible at goodbyes, the worst in the world. But please know that I am more grateful to you than I can ever put into words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies. I will miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. And I will miss you.”
Williams has been vague about her plans after the US Open and did not specify when she would end her time in the sport.