LeBron James pays tribute to “GOAT” Serena Williams and congratulates her on her “amazing” career

“We all knew you were the greatest”: LeBron James pays tribute to “GOAT” Serena Williams and congratulates her on her “amazing” career after the 23-time Grand Slam winner played her last match

  • Serena Williams lost to Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round of the US Open
  • The tennis legend confirmed ahead of the tournament that it would be her last
  • She ended her glittering career with an incredible 23 Grand Slam singles titles
  • LeBron James sent Williams a video message to say she was an “inspiration.”
  • The LA Lakers star also shared his support as she defeated Anett Kontaveit

LeBron James sent a heartfelt message to Serena Williams after the final game of the American’s glittering tennis career.

Williams, who turns 41 later this month, was eliminated from the US Open in the third round – after confirming before the tournament it would be her last.

She put on a performance for the ages to knock out No. 2 Anett Kontaveit in round two, but her tie against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic proved a step too far as they went 7-5, 6-7 (4- 7) and 1: 6 lost.

Now the curtain falls on the career of one of the greatest players to ever take the field.

Williams won a staggering 23 Grand Slam singles titles and spent 319 weeks as world No. 1, including a combined record 186 consecutive weeks between 2013 and 2016.

She broke down in tears after her defeat as tributes poured in from around the world.

Basketball legend LeBron recorded a video message, which he captioned “#SerenaWilliams THANK YOU!! You are so damn DOPE!!’.

‘Serena, [it’s] LeBron here,” he said. ‘Wow, where do I start. First of all, I can start by congratulating you on an incredible career. You are a goat.

LeBron James sent a video message to Serena Williams after the last game of her career

LeBron James sent a video message to Serena Williams after the last game of her career

Williams, 40, was knocked out in the third round by Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic at the US Open

Williams, 40, was knocked out in the third round by Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic at the US Open

She waved goodbye as Tina Turner's

She waved goodbye as Tina Turner’s “Simply The Best” blared at Arthur Ashe Stadium

“What you’ve done for the sport of tennis, what you’ve done for women and what you’ve done for the sport category, period, is unprecedented.

“It’s been an honor to watch your journey, to see you achieve every goal you’ve ever set your mind to, to see you break records, to see you great and transcendent not only on the tennis court but also off it .

“I could literally sit here and talk about your journey and just talk for an hour about watching you from afar and our relationship, but I don’t want to bore you too much with things you already know!

“So I just want to say thank you for just being this inspiration to so many and never going out where you haven’t felt like the greatest.

Williams won an incredible 23 Grand Slam singles titles and spent 319 weeks as world No. 1

Williams won an incredible 23 Grand Slam singles titles and spent 319 weeks as world No. 1

“And to show the world that every time you were out there, you were the greatest. Win, lose or draw, it didn’t matter, we all knew you were the greatest.

“Congratulations again and I wish you nothing but the greatest journey that lies ahead and every effort you have outside of your respective sport.

“You were amazing, I salute you and when I see you I’ll give you a big hug too to show my appreciation.”

LeBron and Williams are longtime friends and the LA Lakers star posted a video to his Instagram as he watched her beat Kontaveit in the second round earlier this week.

LeBron also shared his support for Williams after she defeated No. 2 Anett Kontaveit

LeBron also shared his support for Williams after she defeated No. 2 Anett Kontaveit

“Speak GOAT! GOAT talk! I see you Serena, GOAT talk!’ he said, captioning the clip, ‘@serenawilliams keep going!’

William’s swan song drew huge crowds to Flushing Meadows as an all-day record 72,039 people descended on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Friday.

The 40-year-old, who waved goodbye as Tina Turner’s “Simply The Best” blared at Arthur Ashe Stadium, said after her loss to Tomljanovic: “It’s been a fun ride, it’s been the most incredible ride and journey I’ve ever experienced have.” ever had in my life.

“And I’m just so grateful to every single person who’s ever said ‘Go Serena.’ I’m just so grateful because it brought me here.

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