“It’s Scares Me a Little”: Venus Williams on Having Kids After Retirement From Tennis

Published 12/13/2020, 6:25 AM EST
Venus Williams attempts a shot. Credits: Reuters


One of the most elegant players of this century, Venus Williams, completed 26 years on the tour in 2020. Recently, she was live on Instagram, answering questions from her fans about her personal life and future plans.

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One tough question that Venus Williams answered was about having kids after she retires from Tennis. The tennis player said that having children is a huge responsibility. Further, she jokingly said it is something that scared her so she has continued playing tennis.

“It’s not an easy answer there’s a lot of responsibility, and it scares me a little that’s why I’ve kept playing tennis.”

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Venus turned 40 this year. With her age on the wrong side, she has had a patchy form of late. Nevertheless, she still strives to play tennis and retirement is a distant thought.

Venus Williams looks at having kids later in her life

But Venus does want to have a big family as she grows old. It is something that Venus has thought about and could do when she eventually retires.

“But yes, I want to be surrounded by children when I am older like 70 or 80. And those kids around me making me happy with big family so that’s a nice thought. But definitely some dedication that goes into that.”

Venus Williams attempts a serve. Credits: Reuters

Questions on her personal life have been asked a lot ever since her sister Serena Williams married and gave birth to her daughter. Venus also informed her fans about her love life.

“No, no boyfriend. Not quite looking for one either.”

Venus will play at Australian Open 2021

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Coming to her tennis career, Venus confirmed her participation at the 2021 Australian Open. She showed a positive stance over the mandatory 14-day quarantine that everybody has to face in Australia.

“Yes, I am playing the Australian Open whenever they have it I am planning on being there. It’s going to be interesting because they’re going to have to quarantine for 14 days in a row.”

Serena Williams is congratulated by her sister, Venus Williams. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Venus needs a change in fortune soon. She is on a five-match losing streak. The seven-time Grand Slam champion needs to win to rejuvenate her WTA ranking as well.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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