On Friday Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid made an appearance at the US Open to watch Serena and Venus Williams take each other on.  The two, who are currently wrapped up in legal battles with the NFL, received a warm welcome from the crowd when they were shown on the jumbotron.

Kaepernick brought his niece to the event so she could watch Serena, who won the match over her sister.  After the match she got to meet the sport’s biggest star.

Serena also took a moment to talk about the ovation that Kaepernick and Reid received, via Sporting News:

“I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African American should be completely grateful and honored how Colin and Eric are doing so much more for the greater good, so to say,” Williams said. “They really use their platform in ways that is really unfathomable.”

“I feel like they obviously have great respect from a lot of their peers, especially other athletes, people that really are looking for social change.”

Maybe it’s time to pickup a racket if the whole dream of playing in the NFL is really over?  The US Open crowd seem to be very supportive of the protests.