Very few athletes are so enormous in stature that they carry their own gravitational fields.
is undoubtedly one of them, and today showed another example of the ‘Serena effect’, after Williams, arguably the greatest tennis player in history, announced she would retire following this year’s US Open.
Speaking to the , United States Tennis Association (USTA) spokesman Chris Widmaier said the demand for tickets hit a point no one could have predicted.
‘You talk about the Serena effect, it’s like a tsunami,’ Widmaier told the Post.
Serena Williams celebrates after winning the 2014 US Open, her most recent title in New York
‘Since people have learned of the news, we’ve sold, as of 3 p.m., 13,000 tickets to the Open, including 4,500 or thereabouts for Opening Night.’
When clarifying, Widmaier called it, ‘a spectacular day. In fact, it may be unprecedented.’
There has been particular interest in Williams’ first match, with tickets that retail for $35 in the upper deck being re-sold on the second hand market for $7,000.
On top of that demand, there is no guarantee that Williams even plays on the first night, with the draw set for the Thursday prior to the tournament.
While Williams will be a favorite to win that match, fans might be more wary of purchasing second round tickets given her recent record.
Serena has only been eliminated at the US Open before the quarterfinals three times.
However, she fell in the first round of her last two major appearances PDF EBOOK – Search and download PDF files for free. both at Wimbledon.
Even still, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Post reported around 1,500 tickets for a possible Wednesday night second-round match had been sold.
A 17-year old Serena Williams holding the trophy of her first major at the US Open in 1999
Much of Serena Williams’ storied career revolves around the courts in Flushing, Queens.
This tournament will mark 23 years since she won the 1999 Open at just 17-years old, the first major title in what would go on to be a long and storied career.