“You Could Do It, Papa”: Serena Williams’ Daughter Olympia Helps Dad Alexis Ohanian Overcome His Fears

Published 06/21/2021, 1:33 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: Alexis Ohanian and Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., husband and daughter of Serena Williams (not pictured), attend the Women’s Singles third round match between Serena Williams of the United States and Sloane Stephens of the United States on Day Six of the 2020 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 05, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It’s a family that seldom misses out on a chance to share a slice of their downtime with the world. And the latest sees Serena Williams breaking into a smile as her husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian jumps off a diving board on vacation.


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The adorable clip is one of two that has been shared on the Instagram page that is operated in the name of Serena’s three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia.

Serena Williams enjoyed from a distance as Alexis Ohanian jumped off the dive board


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Burying the disappointment from Paris which saw the 23-time Grand Slam champion suffer yet another heartbreak at a Major, Serena and family are currently holidaying at a scenic locale by the sea.

The first clip shows Ohanian walking warily towards the edge of the diving board even as he is heard saying, “Okay, help me be brave. Olympia, help me be brave.”

To that, the three-year-old could be heard screaming, “You could do it, Papa.”

Ohanian then edges closer to the tip of the diving board and takes a leap.

The second clip shows Serena’s daughter cuddling her father by a swimming pool before her father drags her into the water.

In both the clips, Serena is a sideshow but enjoying nonetheless from a distance.

The clips have been tagged with a message from the little one saying, “I wanted to jump off the diving board so badly, so Papa went for me. I made sure he had SPF 5000 sunscreen.”

To the post, Ohanian replied saying his daughter wanted to jump off the dive board but is still too small to do it.

“Olympia *desperately* wanted to jump off the diving board, but she’s only 3, so I let her live vicariously thru,” her father wrote.

Serena is holidaying after a disappointing French Open campaign

The downtime will help Serena recover from the disappointment of her fourth-round loss at Roland-Garros to Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan.

The French Open exit followed her crushing semi-final loss to eventual champion Naomi Osaka at this year’s Australian Open.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 4, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Danielle Rose Collins of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.