Michelle Obama tweeted, “Congrats on an amazing career, @SerenaWilliams! How lucky were we to be able to watch a young girl from Compton grow up to become one of the greatest athletes of all time. I’m proud of you, my friend—and I can’t wait to see the lives you continue to transform with your talents.”
Tennis star Coco Gauff tweeted, “Serena, THANK YOU. It is because of you I believe in this dream. The impact you’ve had on me goes beyond any words that can be put together and for that I say thank you, thank you, thank you, GOAT!”
Retired tennis star and former U.S. No. 1 player Billie Jean King tweeted, “Her incredible career made its mark on tennis history. And yet her greatest contributions may be yet to come. Thank you, @serenawilliams. Your journey continues.”
In her Vogue essay, Serena wrote that she hoped “people come to think of me as symbolizing something bigger than tennis,” adding, “I admire Billie Jean because she transcended her sport.”
Soccer star Alex Morgan tweeted, “Serena fighting until the last point, always. You’ve given so much to tennis, and so much to womens sports. Thank you @serenawilliams.”
Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes tweeted, “Thank you! #Serena,” adding a tennis player emoji and three goat emojis.