Venus Williams, Naomi Osaka, Maria Sharapova, and Other Tennis Stars Devastated by Virgil Abloh News

Published 11/28/2021, 9:44 PM EST
Virgil Abloh, Louis Vitton designer and founder of Off-White, passed away after battling a rare cancer in private for years

The world is in deep shock after learning about the passing away of Louis Vuitton’s creative director and CEO of Off-White, Virgil Abloh. He was both an inspiring fashion designer and a kind person. Virgil, who left behind a perpetual legacy, died at 41 after battling rare cancer.

As the world, the tennis community also remembered the mind behind many trendsetting tennis outfits. So, after hearing the news, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff, and others paid condolences to him. Indeed, it is heartbreaking news for all.


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Naomi Osaka, Venus Williams, and other tennis stars react to the passing away of Virgil Abloh

Notably, Louis Vuitton announced in a statement that Abloh had been battling cancer privately for several years. Therefore, the news came as a sudden shock for the ones who knew him and his work.

Accordingly, the seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams expressed her disbelief on Twitter. She wrote, “Omg, I can’t believe Virgil Abloh is gone. Noooo.”

Additionally, both Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff uploaded Abloh’s picture on their Instagram story. The young American star also added a praying hands emoji.

Besides, the retired tennis great Maria Sharapova also revealed her sorrow. “So so sad. Truly one of a kind,” she wrote on her Instagram story.

Furthermore, the newlyweds Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils also reflected on their connection with the Off-White boss outside of tennis.

Afterward, even Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian sent Abloh a message. He shared a screenshot of one of their WhatsApp conversations and wrote, “Thank you for everything.”

Without any doubt, Abloh had an impact on every individual he met during his time. And now, many will lead his vision into the future.

When Serena Williams wore Virgil Abloh on tennis courts

For the 23-time Grand Slam champion, fashion has always been her soul calling. Hence, Serena has her fashion brand and is well-known for pulling off the best tennis outfits of all time.


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Twice, Abloh had the opportunity to dress Serena for a major tournament. No doubt, those iconic outfits have now become timeless pieces.


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Above all, the great fashion designer of the 21st century has opened numerous doors for others. Also, the world will wear his designs for many more years to come. Abloh’s legacy will indeed continue to live. 

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.