Sneakerheads and sports fans alike will know that the number 23 holds significance for Jordan Brand — Michael Jordan wore the number throughout his career. After Williams’ beat her sister Venus in the Australian Open final on Saturday, a box with sneakers inside was delivered to Williams during a post-match appearance on ESPN.
In addition to an Air Jordan 1 done in pink and black (Williams’ favorite colors), Nike is also releasing NikeCourt Flare tennis sneakers inspired by the Air Jordan 1. The NikeCourt Flare is available in pink, black and in the original red and black “Banned” Air Jordan 1 colorways. Williams wears the Flare on-court.
Williams received the sneakers in a commemorative box that features Williams’ “SW” logo and the Jordan Brand Jumpman logo. While the sneakers were already released in Nike’s New York store in the Soho neighborhood, it arrives today on the Nike SNKRS app in the U.S., Japan and Western Europe. The shoes are also available in girls’ sizing in the U.S. on Nike.com.
With her 2017 Australian Open win, Williams surpasses Steffi Graf for the most Grand Slam titles in the Open era. She only trails Australian player Margaret Court, who won 24 titles between the Open and amateur eras. The Open era marks the time since 1968 when both professional and amateur players could begin competing in the same tournaments.
Williams now also returns to No. 1 in the women’s tennis rankings, knocking Angelique Kerber out of the top spot.
Watch Williams receive her Jordans below.