The queen of Tennis, Serena Williams began her final journey in the US Open as she announced this will be her last trip to the court as a player.
As the legendary player bids farewell to the world of tennis, high-profile personalities were spotted in the spectators to watch her in action one last time.
A-Listers like Mike Tyson, Bill Clinton, Vera Wang, Hugh Jackman, and Anna Wintour were some of the few attendees who were spotted in the crowd to witness the queen playing.
The prices of the ticket soared by a whopping 300% as soon as Serena Williams announced that she is finally parting ways with tennis as a player and that the US Open would be her last grand slam. The ticket prices went up to $987.
As Serena opened the US Open with a victory over Danka Kovinic, the crowd cheered her inconsolably. Celebrities like Rebel Wilson, Spike Lee, Huma Abedin, Anthony Anderson, and Lindsey Vonn were drawn to the court to see her playing.
Serena chooses the perfect stage to end her stint in tennis. The same venue where she has won the grand slam title six times in singles and two times in doubles.
She was ecstatic after winning her opening match in the US Open. Serena stated after the match that “the crowd was crazy. They really helped pull me through. I was really pumped up, like, ”Yes, I got this.”
“I just want people to think how hard one tries. It’s so important to give your all no matter what you do, or how many obstacles you face. I’ve been down so much so many times, in the public eye, and I’ve had to come back… but never give up.”
‘It sounds cliched, but no matter what you’re going through, I just want people to be inspired by my story. I’m from Compton, California, and I made it.’
Interestingly Serena will be partnering up with her sister Venus for the doubles at the US Open. They named it their “last dance” together on the court.
Serena Williams will leave behind a legacy that will be difficult to overcome establishing her as one of the greatest women tennis players of all time.
She has 23 grand slam titles under her name along with 4 Olympic gold medals and 14 doubles titles in grand slams.
40-year-old Serena had announced that this will be her last US Open as she tries to tie the record of 24 single grand slam wins.