Serena Williams listed F1 star Lewis Hamilton, NBA superstar LeBron James and Golf's Tiger Woods as the athletes she feels should be considered as the GOATs. Also, Williams mentioned herself and the Big Three - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
"Oh my gosh. Umm I mean I think Lewis Hamilton, obviously. For me, he is like, not only the greatest but also he does so much. And he's an amazing guy," Williams told TIME magazine. "I mean [naming just] one or two.
That's so not fair because I can't limit that. I think LeBron [James] is amazing. I think Tiger [Woods] is amazing. Can't start this conversation without naming in the original, Michael Jordan. So, I just think that those are, like, legendary names that will live on.
And, you know, you can put me in there too. For sure [I belong in that conversation], hands down. And I mean, tennis, hello. Roger, Rafa, Novak. I mean those three are legends."
Williams, Hamilton share a mutual appreciation for each other
By seeing Serena and Venus Williams achieve major success in tennis, Hamilton became inspired and started to believe that he could one day become of the best F1 drivers.
Now, Hamilton is widely recognized as one of the greatest F1 drivers in his sports history. "They were the two most inspiring sports figures for me. Especially growing up in my sport, where I’m the only person of color, seeing these two prominent figures, also the only people of color, really gave me a lot of confidence that I can do something similar.
It’s not impossible," Lewis told TIME magazine. Meanwhile, Williams made a winning start to her final US Open campaign. In the US Open first round, Williams defeated Danka Kovinic 6-3 6-3. Williams plays next second-ranked Anett Kontaveit.