“Words Cannot Express the Sorrow”: Serena Williams Shares Heart-Rending Video For Friend Virgil Abloh

Published 11/29/2021, 11:29 PM EST
TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 11: Serena Williams of the United States becomes upset after withdrawing from the final match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada due to a back injury on Day 9 of the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre on August 11, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Fashion icon Virgil Abloh was a genuine artist who inspired and touched every person he met. He set an example for the millions to follow and will remain a burning flame in the hearts of people who knew him. One of them is the tennis queen Serena Williams.

Serena and Virgil had a profound relationship that transcended fashion and friendship. The duo set out together to show what their hands and strong-willed mind could achieve. They created some of the most iconic tennis outfits together. To pay condolences to him, the former World No.1 took to Instagram and shared a video of their shared journey.


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Serena Williams opens up on the passing away of her friend Virgil Abloh

The Louis Vuitton creative director and CEO of Off-White, Virgil Abloh, was a pioneer in the fashion industry. Recently, he passed away after privately battling a rare form of cancer for several years.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her Women’s Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Indeed, it has left the world in shock, including the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. Hence, she took on Instagram and shared what Virgil meant for her and the world.

“Words cannot express the sorrow I feel on the passing of my friend Virgil Abloh,” Serena wrote. “I will forever be grateful to have had the opportunity to witness such greatness, such genius, and to feel the warmth of his smile.”

“It was my honor to stand next to him. He lit up every room he walked into. May his beloved family and friends find comfort in knowing how profoundly his art impacted our culture, and us all. I will miss you.”

Besides Serena, her sister Venus, Naomi Osaka, Maria Sharapova, and many other tennis stars were devastated by this news. Without a doubt, the world has lost a rare shining star.

When will Serena return to the tennis tour?


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After recovering from a hamstring injury, Serena is looking forward to competing at the Australian Open next year. She is still passionately chasing her 24th Grand Slam title.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Serena, who is also known for her tennis outfits, will indeed miss Virgil’s presence around. But the seeds he planted in the world will continue to get the light and keep soaring high.


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Hopefully, the fashion great will continue to guide the world through his vision for the future. And his legacy will forever remain young.

Watch this story: Legendary Designer Virgil Abloh’s Most Iconic Tennis Designs for Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Others



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.