The former world No. 1 is one of the greatest legends in tennis, completing her 30th season as a professional in 2023, and Venus Williams has already stated that she has no plans to retire soon.
"Carves you up like a Thanksgiving turkey": Former coach of Serena Williams says Iga Swiatek on clay is like 'Martina Hingis on steroids'
Her former coach, Rick Macci, spoke on the podcast 'Match Point Canada.' Macci emphasized the 7-times Grand Slam champion's love for the sport and how it is reflected in the affection she receives from fans:
"As you know any athlete when they get to the fourth quarter of the back nine, it's hard to hang it up. Football, baseball, hockey, you know, when your skills maybe diminish a little bit. But, it's their decision. You can't listen to say, you are not as quick as you were. Not as fast, whatever. That time will come. She loves to play. It's must-see TV. Everybody loves V. She is gonna do it when she wants to,"
Another year-end No.1 for Iga Swiatek? Martina Navratilova thinks so going into 2024: "At her best, she is better than anybody"
"And also at Wimbledon, she has grabbed five of them. You want to hear something crazy. I was at my office in 1991, I told Angela Buxon- "this little girl win five Wimbledon someday." Me and Venus used to practice two hours a day on grass to shorten the batswing, take it early, make a great volley spectacular, a good volley great, a bad volley good. So I did it as a development tool"
"But Venus beat what 14 in the world at Wimbledon. But she had such a bad loss at the US Open that it was magnified. You know what I am saying. She got beat bad. She'll do it when she is ready. But, she just loves to play, she just loves to be out there. I mean she has nothing to prove."