Jun 27, 2009

Williams, Federer, Roddick pay tribute to Michael Jackson

It's almost 3 a.m. but I think I need to post this up before I go to bed.

It was heartbreaking to learn that Michael Jackson has passed on. May he rest in peace.

A few tennis stars joined the world in paying tribute to the King of Pop.
Serena Williams who has met the King of Pop a couple of times said, "Words can't express my shock and horror."

"He was just a complete icon."
Although Serena wasn't able to name her favorite Jackson song she praised him, calling him "the greatest entertainer for me of all time".
"He did things that no one else did," she said.

"Like 'Thriller' is the best video ever made still to this day. The videos that he did for his songs, no one had ever even went that far."

"And he started a whole new trend with that. Dances, singing, beats, you know, everything."

"I think Michael Jackson, everyone listens to his music," she said.

"It's like you think of the Beatles, you think of Elvis Presley, you think of Michael Jackson. Those are just lifetime icons that I've never forgotten. The things that he did was beyond iconic."
Serena took time to post a personal condolence message to the bereaved family on her twitter page.
“My heart goes out to the entire Jackson Family,” she wrote.
Other players who also expressed regret at the loss of Michael were Roger Federer and Andy Roddick.
"It was 1988 or 1989, he came to Basel and I went down to the stadium with my sister. We were still very young and we listened to the music while we stood outside," Federer said.

"I love his music. He touched many people and I will listen to his music for many years to come."
Andy Roddick wrote on Twitter, "oh my lord..... michael jackson died........ RIP sad and surreal."

And in a later post he added: "regardless of what u think of him he was completely revolutionary and will be missed."

(Via nbcsports, AFP, The Daily Record)

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