Serena Williams says she regrets not experiencing ‘the evolution’ of retirement sooner

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Serena Williams joked that Tom Brady “started an incredible trend” as she discussed his “evolution” after quitting tennis on Tuesday’s episode of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The 40-year-old tennis legend, winner of 22 Grand Slams, appeared on the show wearing a tight black dress accented with zippers and was asked by Jimmy, 47, about his future after getting to be removed after her loss at the US Open.

Jimmy asked if there was a chance she’d pull a ‘Tom Brady’ and maybe come back, referring to the legendary NFL quarterback who returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season after announced his retirement earlier this year.

Incredible trend: Serena Williams joked that Tom Brady ‘started an incredible trend’ as she discussed his ‘evolution’ after quitting tennis on Tuesday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC

“You know, Tom Brady started an amazing trend,” Serena joked.

Serena earlier talked about leaving the game as a personal “evolution”.

“I always feel like retirement is something that’s super-deserved and something that people work really hard for and maybe not me,” Serena said. “I just feel like I’m at an age where I really feel like I have a lot more to give and I want to do a lot more. So I’m not going to relax. There is so much more for me. I think it’s more of an evolution of Serena.

“There are so many things I’ve wanted to do for so many years,” Serena added. “I have had such a passion for tennis for so long that I have never done it. Now is the time for me to start enjoying these things.

He's back: Jimmy asked if there was a chance she'd shoot a

He’s back: Jimmy asked if there was a chance she’d pull a ‘Tom Brady’ and maybe come back, referring to the legendary NFL quarterback, shown in Texas on Sunday, who returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season after announcing his retirement earlier this year

Crack:

Crack: ‘You know, Tom Brady started an amazing trend,’ Serena joked

Bodycon dress: The 40-year-old tennis legend, winner of 22 Grand Slams, appeared on the show wearing a black bodycon dress accented with zippers

Bodycon dress: The 40-year-old tennis legend, winner of 22 Grand Slams, appeared on the show wearing a black bodycon dress accented with zippers

Last Tournament: Elsewhere, Serena joked that Tom Brady

Last tournament: Serena waves to fans after losing to Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia in the third round of the US Open tennis championships earlier this month after announcing it would be her last tournament

Jimmy told her she should enjoy it.

“It’s tough,” Serena said.

Jimmy asked her when she found out about her decision to put down her racquet.

Good question: Jimmy asked her when she found out about her decision to put down her racquet

Good question: Jimmy asked her when she found out about her decision to put down her racquet

“At first, I literally couldn’t tell anyone,” Serena said. “Verbalizing it meant it was real and I’m like I didn’t want it to be real.”

Serena revealed that she only informed her therapist of her decision.

“I don’t think you really know until, I don’t, until you say it,” Serena said.

Calm:

Calm: “At first, I literally couldn’t tell anyone,” Serena said of her retirement. “Verbalizing it meant it was real and I’m like I didn’t want it to be real”

Serena said she was shocked by her reaction when her story came out in Vogue.

“The whole time I was stressed, I thought I was going to be really miserable and scared of this article coming out,” Serena said. “You must think I’ve been playing tennis since I was literally in a stroller. There’s a picture of Venus pushing me in a stroller.

“For me, I had to suddenly do it, it felt like a big thing,” Serena said. “When he came out, I was really relieved. I didn’t expect to feel like this but I felt good.

Felt relieved:

Felt relieved: “For me to suddenly have to do it, it felt like a big thing,” Serena said. ‘When he came out I was really relieved. I didn’t expect to feel like this but I felt good’

“I should have done this 10 years ago,” Serena joked.

Jimmy said he read that she wasn’t good at saying goodbye.

“I always thought that in the end, I would quietly walk away without saying anything and just make an announcement on social media,” Serena said.

Quiet start:

Quiet start: ‘I always thought that in the end I would go quietly and say nothing and just make an announcement on social media,’ Serena said

Jimmy asked when he saw her at Wimbledon if she had already made up her mind.

“Yes, I did,” Serena said. “I was heavy. I was heavy for months. I don’t know if you knew my energy, but I was so heavy and didn’t even swing like I wanted to.

Serena said she plans to focus on her investment business Serena Ventures.

Future plans: Serena said she plans to focus on her investment business Serena Ventures

Future plans: Serena said she plans to focus on her investment business Serena Ventures

“Give everyone an opportunity,” Serena said. ‘Really just investing in the founders. This is the mission we started and we are continuing it.

Serena also talked about The Adventures of Qai Qai children’s book which will be released on September 27.

“That’s what Adventures of Qai Qai is all about, you can do anything,” Serena said.

Children's book: Serena also talked about her children's book The Adventures of Qai Qai which comes out on September 27

Children’s book: Serena also talked about her children’s book The Adventures of Qai Qai which comes out on September 27

Earlier in the show, Serena also took part in a fun game of Catch Phrase with Jimmy against actor Justin Long, 44.

She was spotted after taping the talk show heading out to dinner with friends in New York.

Serena swapped her heels for sneakers while grabbing a bite to eat with her pals.

Game time: Earlier in the show, Serena also took part in a fun game of Catch Phrase with Jimmy against actor Justin Long, 44.

Game time: Earlier in the show, Serena also took part in a fun game of Catch Phrase with Jimmy against actor Justin Long, 44.

Dinner out: Serena was spotted after taping the talk show heading out to dinner with friends in New York

Dinner out: Serena was spotted after taping the talk show heading out to dinner with friends in New York

Changing shoes: The tennis legend swapped his heels for sneakers while having a bite to eat with his pals

Changing shoes: The tennis legend swapped his heels for sneakers while having a bite to eat with his pals

Good times: Serena smiled as she arrived for dinner amid New York Fashion Week in the city

Good times: Serena smiled as she arrived for dinner amid New York Fashion Week in the city

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