Nike has inaugurated the largest building in its Oregon headquarters, dedicated to Serena Williams, the American champion who has worn Nike since she has been playing tennis.
Nike said building is inspired by the greatness of Serena. Speaking of technical numbers, the new building has an area of almost 93,000 square meters and is Nike's largest investment in design and creativity.
Inside you can see moments and memorabilia of Serena Williams: Nike defines the tripartite structure in reference to Serena and the name of the winged goddess from Greek mythology on which the company bases her name, with three concepts: phenomenon, warrior and muse. Serena's daughter was also an inspiration for the building, and a 140-seat theater is named Olympia.
Nike made a building dedicated to Serena Williams
Serena Said: "here is something to be said about setting goals. When I was just a kid I visited the Nike campus and I saw that athletes get buildings! After that visit, I knew I wanted two things; to be a Nike athlete and to have a building.
I set my goals high. I knew I would have to be elite, and not only the best, but someone that changes the course of sport. And now, here we are – officially unveiling the Serena building at the Nike campus.
Blood sweat and many tears, many trophies – it is beyond an honor and giving me chill bumps. I am so grateful to Nike and the Nike team. Can you believe it? I have a BUILDING Y'ALL !!! This is CRAZY !!!"
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Serena Williams has won 73 WTA singles titles: 23 of these are Grand Slam events (absolute record in the Open Era, men included), making her the second player ever to have won more Majors in this specialty behind only Margaret Smith Court, with 24 .
She completed the virtual Grand Slam, which consists in winning four consecutive Slams not in the same calendar year, twice (in the two years 2002-2003 and 2014-2015). She has also won five year-end Master Cups and 19 Premier category tournaments (6 Premier Mandatory, 6 Premier 5 and 7 Premier), as well as 21 Tier I and Tier II titles and a gold medal from the London Olympics in 2012 against Maria Sharapova.
Not only in singles Serena Williams can boast numerous victories, but also in women's doubles and mixed doubles, where there are 16 other Grand Slam tournaments: 14 won with her older sister Venus and two in mixed doubles, both obtained with Maks Mirny in 1998.
To these successes must be added three other gold medals at the Olympics, all won together with Venus, a Federation Cup and two Hopman Cups.