Serena shows Madiba love
26 June 2013, 08:47
London - Serena Williams joined the Wimbledon tributes to ailing former
South Africa president Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, claiming it was one
the greatest moments of her life when she met the anti-apartheid icon.
American described Mandela, who is critically ill in a Pretoria
hospital, as an "amazing" man from whom lessons can be learned.
"It's a really sad time I think for everyone. I feel like Nelson Mandela lived a really amazing life.
"Meeting him was probably one of the best moments of my life, and it will be a great loss," said the Wimbledon champion.
said she started reading Mandela's acclaimed autobiography, Long Walk
to Freedom, after returning from South Africa on her most recent visit
"He's had a great story.
"I think everyone of all races and nations and countries and individuals can learn from his stellar life," she said.
"I think his whole example is an extremely important part of our lives.
someone to have been incarcerated for so long and then have such a
forgiving heart, to have such an open heart, open spirit, open soul is
"I think we, as a people, can learn from the courage, the faith, and everything that Nelson Mandela has."
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