Serena Williams

Following Serena Williams‘ 23rd Grand Slam title, John McEnroe reflects on Serena’s legacy:

Growing up in Compton, California, it’s not expected that you’re going to be the greatest tennis player who ever lived, one of the greatest — if not the greatest — athletes in the history of the sport. It’s a situation that comes along once every hundred years.

Serena has had something special ever since I saw her at eight years old, [when] I hit a few balls with her and her sister. But I didn’t realize at the time that she’d be as great as she is. She has this will — more will than any other male or female player I’ve ever seen. Even though she has accomplished a lot, she wants more. That’s something that separates a champion from a truly great champion. She wasn’t satisfied when she got as many majors as her sister. She wasn’t satisfied when she caught up to [past champions] and she doesn’t seem satisfied now that she’s claimed the record for singles title in the Open Era. She wants to be considered the best ever.

Even though she has accomplished a lot, she wants more. That’s something that separates a champion from a truly great champion.

She’s the player who’s gotten out of more trouble, out of more match-point situations, out of more match-game situations; she’s in another gear, mentally. It’s hard to dig deep in your soul to find what it is that allows you to continue — to not only want it but to train for it and accept it. When that happens, people may treat you differently. They may resent it. They may have trouble accepting it, may not respect it, so you put yourself out on an island a little bit.

Early in her career, she didn’t play a great deal of tournament tennis, and a lot of people around the sport thought that hurt her. Ironically, it ended up helping her play as long as she has, because there’s still mental freshness to her that has allowed her to maybe even improve in her 30s, which is extremely hard to do in tennis.

She’s been able to find that comfort level, where she’s been able to excel and bring out the best in her tennis. There’s a lot that she’s been able to show younger players and there’s a lot to be learned from what she has done.

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Roger Federer Australian Open outfit

17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who faces Stan Wawrinka in the semifinal of the Australian Open, wears the NIKECOURT RF ADVANTAGE polo and the NikeCourt 7″ Flex Tennis Short:

Roger Federer Australian Open outfit

Roger Federer Australian Open outfit

Roger Federer Australian Open outfit

Roger Federer Australian Open outfit

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Serena Williams US Open dress

Serena Williams eyes Slam number 23 at this year’s US Open. She dons the NikeCourt Power Dress while on court in New York. She completes the look with her signature shoe, the NikeCourt Flare.

White dress and pink sleeves for day sessions:

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Black dress for night sessions:

Serena Williams US Open dress

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Serena Williams US Open shoes

The NikeCourt collection for New York is now available at nike.com/nikecourt and select Nike retailers.

Photo credit: Nike, Marianne Bevis

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Grigor Dimitrov 2016 US Open outfit

Grigor Dimitrov wears the NikeCourt Dry Advantage polo ($90) and NikeCourt Ace shorts ($75).

White and volt kit for day sessions:

Grigor Dimitrov 2016 US Open outfit

Black and volt kit for night sessions:

Grigor Dimitrov 2016 US Open outfit

The NikeCourt collection for New York is now available at nike.com/nikecourt and select Nike retailers.

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Madison Keys 2016 US Open outfit

9th-ranked Madison Keys wears NikeCourt Dry Slam tank ($70) and NikeCourt Flex Victory skirt ($75).

White and volt kit for day sessions:

Madison Keys 2016 US Open outfit

Black and volt kit for night sessions:

Madison Keys | by Michael C Dunne

Madison Keys | by Michael C Dunne

Madison Keys 2016 US Open outfit

The NikeCourt collection for New York is now available at nike.com/nikecourt and select Nike retailers.

Photo credit: Nike, Michael Dunne

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Rafael Nadal 2016 US Open outfit

Blue shirt and white shorts for day sessions:

Rafael Nadal

Nadal 2016 US Open outfit

Nadal 2016 US Open outfit

Rafa‘s signature shoes, NikeCourt Lunar Ballistec 1.5 Legend:

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All black look for night sessions:

Rafael Nadal 2016 US Open outfit

Nadal 2016 US Open outfit

Rafael Nadal 2016 US Open Nike shoes

The NikeCourt collection for New York is now available at nike.com/nikecourt and select Nike retailers.

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis, Nike

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