Serena Williams gets emotional in a post-match interview after losing to Ajla Tomljanovic in their U.S. Open women’s singles third-round match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on Friday evening. Corey Sipkin/AFP via Getty Images/TNS

Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton joined a string of celebrities in sending messages of appreciation to Serena Williams as her storied tennis career comes to a close.

“Congratulations, Serena, for your heart, skill, intelligence, dedication, and grace,” Obama tweeted Saturday morning. “Few athletes have inspired more people both in and beyond their sport!”

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