Four-time NBA champion LeBron James praised Serena Williams for an incredible career and stressed that it is «unprecedented» what she has been able to achieve throughout her career. James, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in basketball history, believes that Williams is, without a doubt, the GOAT of tennis.
On Friday, Williams’ amazing career came to an end following a US Open third-round loss to Ajla Tomljanovic. After the match, James delivered a special message to Williams.
James to Williams: You’re a GOAT
‘Serena, [it’s] LeBron here,’ James said on Uninterrupted.
«Wow, where do I start? First of all, can I start by congratulating you on an amazing career. You are a GOAT. What you have done for the sport of tennis, what you have done for women.» , and what you’ve done for the sports category, period, is unprecedented.
It has been an honor to see your journey, to see you conquer all the goals you have set for yourself, to see you break records, to see you be incredible and transcendent, not only on the tennis court, but also off it. I could literally sit here and talk about your trip and just talk about watching you from afar and our relationship now for an hour, but I don’t want to bore you too much with stuff you already know!
So I just want to thank you guys for being this inspiration to so many and never putting yourself out there where you didn’t feel you were the best. And showing the world that every time you were there, you were the best.
Win, lose or draw, it didn’t matter, we all knew you were the greatest. Congratulations once again and I wish you nothing but the best journey ahead and every effort you have outside of your respective sport.
You’ve been amazing, I salute you and when I see you I’ll give you a big giant hug too to show my appreciation.»
Upon retirement, Williams plans to focus on business and family.