Serena Williams is finally getting her just due. She is not only a great female athlete; she’s a great athlete, period.
With 23 grand-slam titles—she’s the only tennis player in history (man or woman) to have won singles titles at least six times in three of the four grand-slam tournaments, and the only player ever to have won two of the four grand slams seven times each (seven Wimbledon titles and seven Australian Open titles)—her supremacy is clear. She also is nowhere near retirement.
And now, as befitting someone of her stature, Nike, whom Williams signed with in 2003, recently announced that its Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., will be named for her, with its biggest (and presumably baddest) building yet.
“[Serena’s] record in tennis majors—an unmatched 23 singles titles—solidifies her stature as one of the greatest athletes of all time and one of the most inspiring people in sport,” Nike said in a press release.
The building, reported to be more than 1 million square feet and covering three city blocks, is slated for completion in 2019.