#sports activities LeBron James pays tribute to ‘GOAT’ Serena Williams and congratulates her on ‘unbelievable’ career
‘We all knew you had been the best’: LeBron James pays tribute to ‘GOAT’ Serena Williams and congratulates her on ‘unbelievable’ career after the 23-time Grand Slam champion performs her remaining ever match
- Serena Williams misplaced within the third spherical of the US Open towards Ajla Tomljanovic
- The tennis legend confirmed earlier than the event that it will be her final
- She ends her glittering career with a staggering 23 Grand Slam singles titles
- LeBron James despatched Williams a video message to say she had been an ‘inspiration’
- The LA Lakers star additionally shared his help when she beat Anett Kontaveit
LeBron James despatched a heartfelt message to Serena Williams following the ultimate match of the American’s glittering tennis career.
Williams, who turns 41 later this month, bowed out of the US Open within the third spherical – having confirmed earlier than the event that it will be her final.
She produced a efficiency for the ages to knock out No 2 seed Anett Kontaveit in spherical two, however her tie towards Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic proved a step too far as she misplaced 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-1.
The curtain now comes down on the career of one of many biggest gamers ever to take to the courtroom.
Williams received a staggering 23 Grand Slam singles titles and spent 319 weeks as world No 1, together with a joint-record 186 weeks in succession between 2013 and 2016.
She broke down in tears after her defeat as tributes got here in from world wide.
Basketball legend LeBron recorded a video message, which he captioned ‘#SerenaWilliams THANK YOU!! You’re so rattling DOPE!!’.
‘Serena, [it’s] LeBron right here,’ he mentioned. ‘Wow, the place do I begin. First of all, I can begin by simply saying congratulations to you, to an unbelievable career. You’re a GOAT.
LeBron James despatched a video message to Serena Williams following the ultimate match of her career
Williams, 40, bowed out of the US Open within the third spherical towards Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic
She waved goodbye as Tina Turner’s ‘Simply The Best’ boomed out within the Arthur Ashe Stadium
‘What you’ve completed for the game of tennis, what you have completed for ladies, and what you have completed for the class of sport, interval, is unprecedented.
‘It’s been an honour to watch your journey, to watch you conquer all of the objectives you ever set out, to see you break data, to see you be wonderful and transcendent, not solely on the tennis courtroom, but in addition off.
‘I actually might sit right here and discuss your journey and simply discuss watching you from afar and our relationship now for an hour, however I do not need to bore you an excessive amount of about stuff that you simply already know!
‘So I simply need to say thanks for simply being this inspiration for therefore many and by no means placing your self on the market the place you did not really feel such as you had been the best.
Williams received a staggering 23 Grand Slam singles titles and spent 319 weeks as world No 1
‘And exhibiting the world that each time you had been on the market, you had been the best. Win, lose, or draw, it did not matter, all of us knew that you simply had been the best.
‘Congratulations as soon as once more and I want you nothing however the biggest journey forward of you and each endeavour that you’ve outdoors of your respective sport.
‘You’ve been unbelievable, I salute you and after I see you I’ll offer you a giant, big hug as effectively to present my appreciation.’
LeBron and Williams have been long-time pals and the LA Lakers star posted a video on his Instagram as he watched her beat Kontaveit within the second spherical earlier this week.
LeBron additionally shared his help for Williams after she knocked out No 2 seed Anett Kontaveit
‘GOAT speak! GOAT speak! I see you Serena, GOAT speak!’, he mentioned and captioned the clip ‘@serenawilliams, hold going!’.
Williams’ swansong drew large crowds to Flushing Meadows as a single-day document 72,039 individuals made their approach to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Friday.
The 40-year-old, who waved goodbye as Tina Turner’s ‘Simply The Best’ boomed out within the Arthur Ashe Stadium, mentioned after her defeat to Tomljanovic: ‘It’s been a enjoyable trip, it has been probably the most unbelievable trip and journey I’ve ever had in my life.
‘And I’m simply so grateful to each single individual that’s ever mentioned “go Serena” in life. I’m simply so grateful as a result of it obtained me right here.’