When Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus in the 2017 Australian Open finals early Saturday morning, it gave Williams her whopping 23rd major singles title, just one short of tying Margaret Court for the most ever by a woman. Williams is still just 35 years of age, so it’s a safe assumption that she’ll eventually pass Court and leave the game of tennis with the most major wins ever.
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It will be a big deal when she wins major number 25, but her prize probably won’t be anywhere near as cool as the one she received for number 23. On set with ESPN after her victory, Williams was passed along a package from the most famous person ever associated with 23, Michael Jordan himself. A totally shocked Williams opened the box to find a personal note from MJ, along wth two pairs of kicks, a red and black colorway of the NikeCourt Flare that Williams had been wearing throughout the tournament and a special pink and black colorway of the Air Jordan 1.
The Jordan 1, which Williams names as her favorite sneaker, features “23” engraved near the heel, nestled next to Williams’ logo, which also appears on the shoe’s tongue. Even the box features multiple design callouts to Williams’ greatness, with the Jumpman logo and Williams’ logo appearing side by side on its top.
Greatness recognizes greatness, and Michael Jordan is fully aware of the greatest women’s tennis player of all time.