Roger, Rafa, Johnny Mac and more honor Serena in this video message
Thoughtful messages here from Nike athletes, friends and family to Serena as she moves through the 2016 U.S. Open. Watch for cameo greetings from John McEnroe, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer. It is exciting to see what a role model and inspiration Serena is to athletes outside the lines of our tennis world, from track & field to gymnastics and more.
One more….the woman is an undeniable force.
Here is the full breakdown of “Unlimited Greatness”:
Compton – Serena Williams swung her first racket at the age of three in Compton, California, soon after her family moved from Michigan.
Sister, Outsider – Along with her sister, Williams proved that precocious talent always trumps preconceptions.
Pro – Williams turned pro in 1995, when she was 14.
#304 – Two years later, with a ranking of 304, she beat two top-ten opponents and became the lowest-ranked player in history to achieve this feat.
Winner – In 1999, she claimed her first slam and rose to number four.
Top 10 – The following two years, for the first time, she ranked in top 10.
Paris, London, New York – In 2002, Williams took Paris, London and New York — plus the number one ranking.
Melbourne – A 2003 victory in Melbourne solidified her first “Serena Slam.”
Injured – Injury briefly derailed William’s game but never her drive. She dropped to number 139 in 2006, struggled with confidence and critics labeled her obsolete.
Struggling – Williams responded by winning Melbourne in 2007, as an unseeded player, completing the year among the sport’s top ten.
#169 – After another bout of injury she declined to 169, but quickly battled back and resumed her ascent
done, comeback, focused – In 2013, she became the oldest player ever to earn the rank of number one.
#1 – Williams held the top spot through 2014 – the second woman to retain it for a full year – and took her sixth title in New York.
Legend – Today, she is revered as the greatest and her influence transcends the game of tennis.