Serena Williams’ tennis career came to an end on Friday night after she was knocked out of the US Open by Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the third round.

The loss officially wrapped up an iconic career, where she won 23 grand slam titles and spent an incredible 319 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world.

It’s only fitting that, as her career is now almost certainly done, plenty in the sports world and elsewhere rushed to honor Williams on social media. Athletes like LeBron James and Tiger Woods, along with former First Lady Michelle Obama and even Oprah, all paid tribute to Williams on Friday night.

It’s truly been fun to watch Serena not only change the sport of tennis, but more importantly, how she’s helped empower the next generation. Her tennis accomplishments speak for themselves, but one of the things I admire about her is she simply doesn’t quit. On or off the court

— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) September 3, 2022

Congrats on an amazing career, @SerenaWilliams!

How lucky were we to be able to watch a young girl from Compton grow up to become one of the greatest athletes of all time.

I’m proud of you, my friend—and I can’t wait to see the lives you continue to transform with your talents.

— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) September 3, 2022

Her incredible career made its mark on tennis history.

And yet her greatest contributions may be yet to come.

Thank you, @serenawilliams.

Your journey continues. #serena#USOpen

— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 3, 2022

I love you @serenawilliams It’s been the pleasure of a lifetime to watch you become what you have. Can’t wait to see what you do next. Thank you my old friend

Serena Williams lost in the third round of the US Open on Friday night in the final match of her career. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)