Tennis: Tributes rain down for Serena Williams
Serena Williams had dropped a real bomb: the American should soon retire. Indeed, after the US Open, she should leave the world of professional tennis. And since then, tributes have been pouring in for this true legend of world tennis, starting with Mats Wilander and Rafael Nadal…
On August 9, a real earthquake hit the planet Tennis. Serena Williams announced that she would be retiring from the sport very soon. At 40 years old and 73 titles, the American will therefore title her bow, certainly after the US Open. Since this sensational announcement, tributes have rained down on the tennis legend…
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“She pushed the boundaries of sport”
Thereby, Mats Wilander discussed the impact of Serena Williams about the world of tennis. “She pushed the boundaries of the sport and brought tennis into the living rooms of people who wouldn’t normally watch the sport. Serena Williams’ departure from professional tennis will be a sad day, as she has given so much to tennis. Serena showed that she was one of the greatest sportswomen of all time, but she also showed that she was human, and that is where our passion and admiration for Serena Williams begins. »
“Serena is a legend”
Earlier it was Rafael Nadal who spoke about the career and life of Serena Williams, claiming that she was a legend of the sport. “I have many memories of her. He is one of the greatest athletes of all time. I feel lucky to have shared so many years with her on the circuit. Selfishly, I find it sad that she’s quitting. But we can’t thank her enough for all she has done for our sport. She is a huge inspiration to so many people around the world. She deserves to choose what is best for her at this point in her life. I wish him the best. I hope we will continue to see her on the circuit. I have always thought that our sport and all sports are bigger and stronger when their legends are present. And Serena is a legend.
“Now the countdown is on”
As a reminder, on August 9, Serena Williams had declared that she wanted to end her career soon, to concentrate on her role as a mother. “There is a time in life when you have to decide to take a new route. It’s always a difficult moment when you love what you do so much. And God I love tennis. But now the countdown is on. I’m torn: I don’t want it to end, and at the same time I’m ready for what’s next. It’s the end of a story that started in Compton, California, with a little black girl who just wanted to play tennis. It’s a big pain. It’s the hardest thing she could imagine. I hate that? I hate being at a crossroads. I wish it were easy, but it isn’t.