Four-time NBA champion LeBron James saluted Serena Williams on an unbelievable career and underlined that it's "unprecendented" what she has been able to accomplish throughout her career. James, who is widely considered as one of the greatest players in basketball history, thinks Williams is undoubtedly the tennis GOAT.
On Friday, Williams' astonishing career came to an end following a US Open third round defeat to Ajla Tomljanovic. After the match, James delivered a special message to Williams.
James to Williams: You are a GOAT
'Serena, [it's] LeBron here,' James said on Uninterrupted.
"Wow, where do I start. First of all, I can start by just saying congratulations to you, to an unbelievable career. You're a GOAT. What you have done for the sport of tennis, what you've done for women, and what you've done for the category of sport, period, is unprecedented.
It's been an honour to watch your journey, to watch you conquer all the goals you ever set out, to see you break records, to see you be amazing and transcendent, not only on the tennis court, but also off. I literally could sit here and talk about your journey and just talk about watching you from afar and our relationship now for an hour, but I don't want to bore you too much about stuff that you already know!
So I just want to say thank you for just being this inspiration for so many and never putting yourself out there where you didn't feel like you were the greatest. And showing the world that every time you were out there, you were the greatest.
Win, lose, or draw, it didn't matter, we all knew that you were the greatest. Congratulations once again and I wish you nothing but the greatest journey ahead of you and every endeavour that you have outside of your respective sport.
You've been unbelievable, I salute you and when I see you I'll give you a big, giant hug as well to show my appreciation."
In retirement, Williams plans to focus on business and family.