I wasn’t a big sports fan growing up. If someone were to ask me to name five athletes as a kid, my response would have probably been, “Uhhh, Serena Williams
, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Peyton Manning, and Tiger Woods
.” Today, I’d include some basketball players like LeBron James
or Stephen Curry
but Williams would still be at the top of that list. Williams has forever stayed in my rotation not just as one of the few sports stars I can name off the top of my head, but also as one of my favorite athletes, and favorite cultural figures – period. In her illustrious career, Serena Williams transcended tennis. And now, as Williams prepares to transition away from playing tennis — she made the retirement announcement official in Vogue
this week — I can’t help but look back on the impact she’s had on me, her sport, and the culture.