Serena Williams and Lewis Hamilton exchange massive respect

Serena Williams named Lewis Hamilton among some of the people who come to mind as her “greatest of all time.”

Serena Williams is about to end her legendary career. Some might say the tennis star has won 23 Grand Slam titles, which is good for second all-time, just behind Margaret Court, who won 24. In the men’s race, not a single participant has won more than 22. Time.

Williams will end her professional career at this year’s US Open. play in the opening round on Monday evening in the singles tournament.

In the lead up to her retirement, TIME dedicated an issue of their magazine to Serena with a magazine cover with the caption: “THE GREATEST”.

As part of the issue, Williams sat down with TIME and talked about some of it she GOATS.

Serena Williams gave Lewis Hamilton a big nod, and he responded

When asked to name some of her GOATs, Serena Williams declared Lewis Hamilton “primarily.”

Lewis replied that he was honored by the compliment by Serena.

Williams would name many of the others linked to the GOAT conversation: LeBron James, Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan, as well as a group of their fellow tennis players including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

But to name Hamilton first and foremost says of his impact not just on motorsport but on the world. Hamilton has has always been an activist and spoke out for causes close to his heartthose moral aspirations came to the fore in 2020 when he spoke out on injustices like the killing of Breonna Taylor by wearing a shirt on a winner’s podium that read, “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

That TIME article on Serena quoted Hamilton, which was inspired by the Williams sisters’ rise to the top of their sport. Her rise served as an archetype for what Hamilton did in motorsport and Formula One.

“Especially growing up in my sport where I’m the only person of color, seeing these two celebrities, also the only people of color, really gave me a lot of confidence that I could do something similar. It’s not impossible.”

Hamilton has reached the same heights as Serena with this motivation in his own sport as he has the most drivers’ championships (7) with Michael Schumacher.

Williams and Hamilton have and will inspire generations of people to defy the odds and do the unthinkable.

Williams is hoping to put in a stronger performance on Monday’s debut than Hamilton this Sunday. Hamilton failed to finish the Belgian Grand Prix after making contact with Fernando Alonso crash he feels blessed to have walked away from. Serena Williams and Lewis Hamilton exchange massive respect

John Verrall

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