Is Serena Williams’ Dog Named After Rafael Nadal?

Published 09/29/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Serena Williams of USA and Rafael Nadal of Spain with their winners trophies at the Wimbledon Championships 2010 Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 4, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is a huge pet lover. She currently has two dogs and takes good care of both of them just like a mother.

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Earlier, Serena Williams’ Instagram was full of her pictures with the two dogs. However, now, both of them have their own Instagram accounts where the 40-year-old often posts about their day-to-day activities.

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As of now, Serena owns a Shih Tzu named Lauralei and a Yorkshire terrier, Christopher Chip Rafael Nadal, whom she brought to her home in 2017. The dog is a quite a celebrity and has around 13.2k followers on Instagram.

Serena Williams’s dog is named after Rafael Nadal

Serena has a great and a special bond with 20-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal. It is because of this reason that she decided to name one of her dogs after the Spanish legend. Its name is ‘Christopher Chip Rafael Nadal’ and it is a Yorkshire Terrier, who is 4-years-old now.

By the bio on his Instagram account, one can analyse that the dog is a great fetcher, ladies man, and a snuggle buddy. Even though his Instagram account has been inactive since 2018, it is quite possible that Christopher still possesses all these traits.

A Yorkshire terrier is one of the smallest Terrier. Known for its silverish-grey or a blonde coat, its average weight is just seven pounds. The breed was developed in the 19th century in Yorkshire, England. In an early interview, the tennis queen even claimed that Chistopher really loves to watch tennis.

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Not the first time when Serena named her pet dog after a tennis legend

Serena’s first dog was a Russell Terrier, who stayed with her for about 16 years. The Williams’ family brought the dog home in 1999 and it resided with Serena till 2015. Surprisingly, because of her immense love and respect for 14-time Grand Slam champion, Pete Sampras, she named the dog, Jackie Pete.

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Unfortunately, Jackie passed away in 2015. Serena seemed really heartbroken back then that she wrote a long and beautiful message after the demise of Jackie on Instagram.

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It seems like Serena’s daughter, Olympia actually has two great brothers in the form of Lauralie and Christopher Chip Rafael Nadal. The two dogs continue to hold a special place the heart of Serena Williams.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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