Serena Williams has a lot riding on her next US Open, which kicks off next Monday. If she wins, she’ll have won every major title in tennis — Wimbledon and the Australian, French and US Open — in one year.
The Grand Slam is also the title that has eluded her before, after achieving her Serena Slam, winning three of the four titles, in a season before.
Not surprising then, the tennis superstar has some major support from some seriously big name friends in fashion and media industries, as well as fellow athletes.
Williams posted a video compilation today on her social media accounts of well wishers saying what it means to “Be Serena” that Chase bank, a US Open sponsor, produced for the star.
On Facebook Williams wrote: “Check out this Video that Chase put together for me. I am so lucky to have such amazing friends. Thank you all so much for being so amazing and supportive in my life, and for taking the time to do this video for me. I love you all. All of you are so special to me. So many hugs and kisses!!! I’m taking you all out on the court with me everyday #BeSerena.”
Everyone from Victor Cruz, Richard Sherman, Martha Stewart and Chelsea Clinton sent big messages of support to Williams.
Carli Lloyd, U.S. women’s soccer world cup winner, kicked off the video. “When I think of Serena Williams, I think of the most dominant tennis player to have ever played,” she said.
Fashion favorites Anna Wintour and the Kardashians chimed in too. Wintour said to “Be Serena” was to think of “friendship courage and force of nature.”
Misty Copeland, a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, shared her thoughts on Williams too. “You represent what every person should strive for,” Copeland said.
The hashtag #BeSerena will definitely be trending as we watch the superstar take the court. To see the video click here.