Serena Williams’ Husband Emerges as a Flag Bearer for Women’s Sports as He Hits Back at the Naysayers With an Intriguing F1 Example

Published 09/18/2023, 4:23 PM EDT

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On the competitive tennis court, where the fight for gender equality in sports seethes on, there arises an imposing hero. He is the one who hasn’t been restricted to the confines of the court, despite having one of the GOATs of tennis at home. Alexis Ohanian, the Reddit co-founder, known to many as the husband of American tennis legend Serena Williams, has turned into an image of steady support for women’s sports. Recently, he ignited a firestorm via social media. His sharp reaction left even the staunchest naysayers quiet. His analogy on X, a correlation drawn from the fast-paced universe of Formula 1 (F1), shed a glaring light on the intricacies and inconsistencies inside the domain of sports.

The multi-millionaire American entrepreneur has often supported women’s sport and equality. He has utilized his platform to feature how female athletes frequently face aberrations in pay, recognition, and opportunities; compared with male athletes. His help for his significant other, Serena Williams, has given him bits of knowledge into the difficulties female players face.

Serena Williams’ husband, a champion for women’s sports challenges naysayers with a clever F1 analogy


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Alexis Ohanian recently answered in a provocative and clever way to the query by a X user. In his original post, Ohanian had shared viewership statistics from the US Open finals, underscoring the importance of putting resources into women’s games. The information showed that the women’s finals pulled in 3.422 million viewers, outperforming the viewership of the men’s finals, which had 2.321 million viewers.

Ohanian’s message is clear: the free market, addressed by viewership numbers, shows the developing interest in and support for women’s sports. It’s a call for investors to invest more in women’s sports. He wishes players are provided equal opportunities, and admired the colossal devotion of female athletes.


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Ohanian recently tweeted, “I can do this all day”, after tweeting, “I have an idea: why not just combine F1 and Formula E? F1 cars and Formula E cars race each other on the same courses. May the best car win. How about it?”

This was in response to a user who tweeted, “Hey Alexis: I have an idea: why not just combine the two tours? Men and women play each other in the same tournaments. May the best player win. How about it? I figured as much.”


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His analogy was more than a casual reply; it was a strong message that made viewers see the issue’s intricacies. It encouraged viewers to dig deeper and think about what might happen if different sports were merged.

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Ohanian’s response caused a stir on social media, igniting conversations about gender equality, not only in tennis but also in all sports. It emphasized that solving these disparities might not be as simple as merging tournaments and that a more thoughtful approach is necessary.

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Written by:

Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon


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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.
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Tony Thomas