'Serena Williams will always be around', says ATP ace

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'Serena Williams will always be around', says ATP ace

Serena Williams picked up her little dog named Christopher Chip from Rafael Nadal and put him in a bag to make sure he is safe and doesn't do anything wrong while she is practicing with Maria Sakkari. The official US Open team on social media caught the moment and shared it.

Christopher Chip Rafael Nadal is a Yorkshire Terrier brought home by Serena in 2017. Chip has quite a following on social media. Serena's dog is followed by more than 13,000 people on Instagram. Serena Williams, champion of 23 Majors, prepares for her last appointment in New York.

The veteran will compete in her 21st US Open, having decided to retire in her favorite tournament, where she debuted in 1998 at the age of 16. Serena last won a Major title at the 2017 Australian Open, defeating her sister Venus de Ella in the final before retiring from tennis due to pregnancy.

Williams returned in the spring of 2018 and reached four Major finals in the next 15 months, including Wimbledon and the US Open. Serena lost them to much younger rivals and missed the opportunity to add a 24th Major trophy to her record.

Williams has only played nine tournaments since the start of 2021, reaching two semi-finals in Melbourne last year and failing to do so at subsequent events. During a press conference at Wimbledon, Serena Williams praised Rafael Nadal, noting that she named her dog after him.

"He has done a lot in 2022. He has been very busy. I have always been a fan of Rafael. I named my dog ​​after him. He is very cute. I miss the little one. So obviously I'm always rooting for Rafa. So yeah, he's been really inspiring in everything he's done this year, and he's got a lot more to do," Williams said.

John Isner praises Serena

John Isner has joined the growing list of players to speak highly of Serena Williams ever since she announced her plans to retire from the sport. "I think tennis is going to miss Serena's presence sorely.

But the good thing about Serena I think is she will always be around. She's an incredible athlete and will be every bit as popular when she's done with tennis as she ever was when she was playing," he said. He added that the 23-time Grand Slam champion is on the same level as some of the biggest names across all sports.

"She's sort of in that rarefied air like a Michael Jordan or like a Wayne Gretzky and Roger Federer where she's just sort of transcends the sport a bit. She will be missed. Fans, colleagues and everyone alike will miss watching her compete," he said.