Andy Murray issues ultimate statement on Serena Williams' greatness, influence

Murray recounts Williams' retirement at the 2022 US Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
Andy Murray issues ultimate statement on Serena Williams' greatness, influence
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Andy Murray thinks the response that Serena Williams received during her 2022 US Open farewell told everything that you needed to know the American's greatness and influence. Just 20 days before the start of the 2022 US Open, Williams announced that would be the last tournament of her pro tennis career.

When the US Open started, all the spotlight and attention was on Williams. When Williams took on Danka Kovinic in the US Open first round, a record-breaking 29,402 fans featured the American's evening session match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Throughout the entire US US Open, fellow players were paying tribute to Williams, with many calling the American their idol and some even credited the former 23-time Grand Slam champion for them picking up a racket to play tennis.

Murray on Williams' greatness, influence

"The response to her retiring at the US Open, the atmosphere during her matches was incredible. You listen to all of the players talking about her and so many of the young up-and-coming female players talk about how much she inspired them to pick up a racket.

Serena has been a huge part of all of their careers, that's how long she dominated for and how long she was on the tour for. It's obviously sad for tennis that she chose to retire but what an unbelievable career she had, and she did a lot for the sport, but she was a lot bigger than that.

She inspired a lot of people across the world," Murray told Sky Sports. When Williams initially retired, some weren't fully convinced that the American would indeed stay retired because she never fully closed the doors on never playing again.

Earlier this year, Williams admitted that she felt tempted to return because she believed she could still play at a very high level. But Williams resisted those temptations and remained retired. In the meantime, Williams welcomed her second child in August.

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