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Serena Williams on why she’s retiring now: ‘I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete’

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Twenty-three-time Grand Slam champ Serena Williams is saying ta-ta to tennis. 

After seven Wimbledon and seven Australian Open titles, six US Open trophies and three French Open crowns, Williams, 40, is officially retiring from the sport, she announced Tuesday. 

However, she was reluctant to use the word “retirement,” a term she finds outdated.

Rather, the hard-hitting heroine said she will be “evolving” into a new, more personally enriched version of herself after playing in what will be her final US Open at Flushing Meadows in Queens later this month.

“I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me,” said Williams in the September issue of Vogue, which made its digital debut this week. 

Williams reveals what she will miss most after retiring from tennis this year as the cover star of the Sept. 2022 edition of Vogue magazine.
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In place of the game, Williams — who lost to 24-year-old Harmony Tan at Wimbledon in June, but won a match in Toronto on Monday at the pre-US Open tournament — plans to grow her family with husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 39. 

The couple, who tied the knot in November 2017, already shares 4-year-old daughter Alexis Ohanian Jr., whom Williams often refers to by her middle name, Olympia.  

The doe-eyed toddler posed on a sandy, sunset-lit beach alongside her muscled mama for Vogue, playfully cloaking herself with the lengthy train of Williams’ blue, hip-hugging Balenciaga gown for the cover shot. 

“Alexis and I have been trying to have another child,” Williams revealed, adding that her daughter’s nightly prayer request is to be a big sister to a baby girl. 

Williams revealed that she and her Reddit-founding husband, Alexis Ohanian, have been trying to get pregnant with their second child for the past few months.
Williams revealed that she and her Reddit-founding husband, Alexis Ohanian, have been trying to get pregnant with their second child for the past few months.
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While pregnant with Olympia back in 2017, the match marvel deftly bested opponents on the tennis court, and even took home her seventh Australian Open title — a challenge she “adored,” but one that made her C-section delivery, after which she experienced a near-fatal pulmonary embolism, “complicated.”

And despite the impressiveness of winning while with child, Williams isn’t interesting in repeating the feat. 

“I definitely don’t want to be pregnant again as an athlete,” she confessed. “I need to be two feet into tennis or two feet out.”

But the decision to put down her racket hasn’t been an easy one. In fact, Williams said walking away from court will be “the hardest thing” she’s done. 

Williams says she "hates" the fact that women in her position often have to make a choice between their beloved sport and building a family --a crossroads she feels male athletes rarely encounter.
Williams says she “hates” the fact that women in her position often have to make a choice between their beloved sport and building a family — a crossroads she feels male athletes rarely encounter.
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“There is no happiness in this topic for me. I know it’s not the usual thing to say, but I feel a great deal of pain,” Williams said. “I hate it. I hate that I have to be at this crossroads. I keep saying to myself, I wish it could be easy for me, but it’s not. I’m torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”

The Compton, Calif., native confessed that as a female athlete, she feels the pull between work life and home life. It’s a struggle, she said, that most of her male counterparts will likely never have to endure. 

“I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think it’s fair,” she said. “If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family.”

“Maybe I’d be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity,” she added, referring to the 45-year-old NFL quarterback legend, who retired after 22 seasons in February and returned to football 40 days later.  

Although the sportswoman admits that playing tennis has also felt like a "sacrifice," she says she's love how the game has shaped her as a woman.
Although the sportswoman admits that playing tennis has also felt like a “sacrifice,” she says she loves how the game has shaped her as a woman.
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But, alas, as a woman just weeks shy of turning 41 on Sept. 26, Williams said that the shaking realization that her tennis days are over has been a hard truth to face. 

“I’ve been reluctant to admit that I have to move on from playing tennis. It’s like a taboo topic. It comes up, and I start to cry,” revealed Williams, who remembers first picking up a racket to mimic big sister Venus Williams, 42, on the hardcourt at 18-months-old. 

The revered jock has even struggled to talk about retiring with her husband, mother Oracene Price, 70, and father Richard Williams, 80. (Richard’s work as the instructing force behind her and Venus’ success was depicted by Will Smith, 53, in the Oscar-nominated movie “King Richard.”)

“I think the only person I’ve really gone there with is my therapist,” she said. “I can’t even have this conversation with my mom and dad. It’s like it’s not real until you say it out loud. I get an uncomfortable lump in my throat and I start to cry.”

Williams has had a hard time discussing her decision to retire from tennis with her dad, Richard, who helped launch her and sister Venus' careers.
Williams has had a hard time discussing her decision to retire from tennis with her dad, Richard, who helped launch her and sister Venus’ careers.
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And although she’s saying a tearful goodbye, Williams credits the game — which has earned her a net worth of approximately $260 million — with shaping her entire life. 

“This sport has given me so much. I love to win. I love the battle. I love to entertain… I love the performance aspect of it,” said Williams. 

“To me that’s kind of the essence of being Serena: expecting the best from myself and proving people wrong,” she explained. “There were so many matches I won because something made me angry or someone counted me out. That drove me.“

But now, she’s happy to let the joys of motherhood serve as her daily motivation. 

Williams is looking forward to teaching her daughter new things about life once she retires.
Williams is looking forward to teaching her daughter new things about life once she retires.

“Tennis has always felt like a sacrifice,” stated Williams, adding, however, “that nothing is a sacrifice for me when it comes to Olympia.”

“It all just makes sense. I want to teach her how to tie her shoes, how to read, where babies come from, and about God,” the celebrity mom continued. “Whatever she likes, I like.”

And when she’s not busy raising her tot, Williams, who’s been dabbling in venture capitalism, plans to help entrepreneurs of color and businesspeople alike finance their dreams. 

“In my own life, the balance has been slowly shifting toward Serena Ventures,” she said of her eponymously titled firm. 

Through the imprint, which was founded in 2014 and is staffed by six females and one male (“a diversity hire!”), she’s provided the seed-money for billion-dollar brands such as MasterClass, Tonal, Impossible Foods and Noom. 

As a venture capitalist, Williams hopes to aid business people of color in their entrepreneurial pursuits.
As a venture capitalist, Williams hopes to aid business people of color in their entrepreneurial pursuits.
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“Seventy-eight percent of our portfolio happens to be companies started by women and people of color, because that’s who we are,” boasted Williams, who’s striving to ensure that her legacy will consist of more than just her athletic talents. 

“I hope that people come to think of me as symbolizing something bigger than tennis,” she said. Her off-court goals aside, Williams does pat herself on the back for blazing a trail so that the next generation of tennis girls can “play with aggression” and “kick butt” sans shame or criticism. 

“I’d like it to be: Serena is this and she’s that and she was a great tennis player and she won those slams,” said Williams.

Williams will compete in her final US Open at Flushing Meadows in Queens later this month.
Williams will compete in her final US Open at Flushing Meadows in Queens later this month.
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She also acknowledged that fans are crossing their fingers, hoping she matches Australian tennis legend Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles at Flushing Meadows in a few weeks.

“It’s a good fantasy. But I’m not looking for some ceremonial, final on-court moment,” she said before thanking supporters for their unyielding love. 

“I’m terrible at goodbyes, the world’s worst. But please know that I am more grateful for you than I can ever express in words. You have carried me to so many wins and so many trophies,” said Williams. 

“I’m going to miss that version of me, that girl who played tennis. And I’m going to miss you.”

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“The Music Man” is leaving Broadway: Last-minute tickets to see Hugh Jackman

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Just like Harold Hill, “The Music Man” will be skipping town soon.

After opening in February 2022, the Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster starrer is set to close its 11-month run at the Winter Garden Theatre on Jan. 15, 2023.

That means just a few more chances to see Jackman’s con man Harold Hill manipulate small-town city folk like Foster’s kind-hearted Marian Paroo into buying band uniforms and instruments before fleeing for his next job.

“I love everything about the show,” Jackman said. “The audiences have been incredible and I’m going to be sad (when it’s over.)”

Luckily, tickets are still available for all remaining performances and you won’t have “trouble” finding them.

In fact, savvy searchers can snag seats for as low as $89 before fees on Vivid Seats.

So, if you want to catch the show that’s right for you, follow our lead.

All prices were found at the time of publication and are subject to fluctuation.

“The Music Man” schedule

Due to overwhelming demand, “The Music Man” recently extended their run two weeks from a Jan. 1 close to Jan. 15.

Up until then, shows will run from Tuesday through Sunday eight times a week.

Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays begin at 2 p.m. Sunday matinees start at 3 p.m.

A complete calendar of all upcoming shows including dates, start times and links to buy tickets can be found here.

“The Music Man” runs 2 hours and 45 minutes with a single intermission.

Vivid Seats is a verified secondary market ticketing platform, and prices may be higher or lower than face value, depending on demand. 

They offer a 100% buyer guarantee that states your transaction will be safe and secure and your tickets will be delivered prior to the event.

“The Music Man” cast

Hugh Jackman, who you may also know from his role as Wolverine in a little franchise called “X Men,” leads a cast full of Broadway, stage and screen veterans.

Here’s everything to know about his castmates.

Sutton Foster (Marian Paroo) is a two-time Tony Award-winning actress for her roles in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Anything Goes.” TV fans may recognize Foster from her star turn in TV Land’s “Younger” alongside Hillary Duff. She was also recognized for her work in “The Music Man” having received a nomination for Best Actress In A Musical.

Shuler Hensley (Marcellus Washburn) has been active since the early ’90s. Over the course of his career, he’s appeared onstage in “Les Miserables” and “Young Frankenstein” and on the silver screen in “The Greatest Showman” and “Van Helsing.”

Mark Linn-Baker (Mayor Shinn) works a lot. The veteran actor performed in “On the Twentieth Century” and “You Can’t Take It With You” on Broadway among many other productions on his varied resume. Of course, he’s also known for his starring role in “Perfect Strangers” as well as bit parts in “Succession” and “She Hulk.”

Jayne Houdyshell (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn) commands the stage or screen whenever she performs. Whether it’s her dramatic stage slash screen turn in “The Humans” or portrayal of hardened Bunny in “Only Murders In The Building,” Houdyshell is a force to be reckoned with. Keep an eye out for her in “Causeway” alongside Jennifer Lawrence next.

Marie Mullin (Mrs. Paroo) won a Tony Award for her role in Martin McDonagh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” She also co-founded the Druid Theatre Company, located in Galway, Ireland.

All members of the cast and creative teams can be found here.

2023 Broadway Musicals

As always, the Great White Way will offer a range of classic musicals and upstart productions this fall, winter and spring.

Here are just five of the hottest shows you won’t want to miss in the next few months.

• “& Juliet”

• “Hamilton”

• “The Book of Mormon”

• “KPOP The Musical”

• “Some Like It Hot”

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Proud dad Patrick Mahomes, wife Brittany Matthews and toddler Sterling celebrate arrival of new baby

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Introducing Patrick ‘Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III! Proud dad Patrick Mahomes, wife Brittany Matthews and toddler Sterling celebrate arrival of new baby

NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes has welcomed the latest addition to his family with wife Brittany Matthews – a bouncing baby boy.

The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a ‘Bronze’ nameplate.

The child – his second with Matthews following daughter Sterling Skye, born in February 2021 – is named after both Patrick and his father, Major League Baseball pitcher Pat Mahomes. 

Welcome: NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes has welcomed the latest addition to his family with wife Brittany Matthews – a bouncing baby boy

First snap: The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze' Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a 'Bronze' nameplate

First snap: The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a ‘Bronze’ nameplate 

The joint Instagram post from Patrick and Brittany revealed he was born on Monday, weighing in at 7 lbs 8 oz.

The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, ‘Round 2!’

The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, ‘Big Sister Duties Coming Soon.’ 

Announce: The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, 'Round 2!'

Announce: The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, ‘Round 2!’

Big sister: The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, 'Big Sister Duties Coming Soon'

Big sister: The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, ‘Big Sister Duties Coming Soon’

Patrick and Brittany revealed the baby will be a boy back in June with a charming gender reveal video where they shot blue water out of squirt guns. 

The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges.

Patrick attended Texas Tech University while Matthews attended the University of Texas at Tyler, where she played soccer.

Dating: The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges

Dating: The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges

Mahomes proposed to Matthews on September 1, 2020, in a suite at Arrowhead Stadium, the same day he received his Super Bowl ring.

The couple announced later that month the were expecting their first child, with daughter Sterling Skye Mahomes born in February 2021.

They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter. 

Travelling: They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter

Travelling: They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter

Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year.

He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter.

Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020.

Drafted: Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year

Drafted: Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year

Elevated: He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter

Elevated: He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter

Super Bowl: Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020

Super Bowl: Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020

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