If there was ever a question that Serena Williams is one of the most beloved athletes not just in tennis but in all of sports, Nike is confirming it by naming a building after her.
The iconic sportswear brand, which Williams has an endorsement deal with and has had since 2004, announced their plans to construct four new buildings on their campus in Beaverton, Ore. They will name three of those buildings after important athletes and coaches, including two-time Olympic gold medal-winning track star Sebastian Coe, and legendary Duke coach, Mike Krzyzewski. There will also be a fourth building, a garage, that is dedicated to “the sporting heritage of New York City,” according to Sports Illustrated.
As for Williams, the largest of the four buildings will be named after the 23-time Grand Slam winner and it will be more than one million square feet. It’s set to open in 2019 while the other buildings will launch in 2018. The tennis ace, who has had quite the fantastic year, is excited to be honored in such a way:
You can check out the designs for all four beautiful buildings over at Nike.com.
Williams will soon have the chance to remind everyone why she’s worthy of such honors and accolades because the 36-year-old just put her name on the entry list for the Australian Open in January, where she plans to defend her title and play for the first time since beating sister Venus to win it all at the last Australian Open this past January.