Alexis Ohanian Feels Serena Williams and Tiger Woods Comparisons Are Apt

Published 03/25/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her quarter final match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Reddit co-founder and Serena Williams’s husband Alexis Ohanian has said that he agrees with those who draw direct comparisons between his superstar wife and golfing giant Tiger Woods. Appearing in a podcast, the millionaire investor said that the parallel between Serena Williams and Woods, who currently holds the record for most PGA Tour titles at 82, is an “apt one” and relevant.

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Ohanian says millions of Americans still follow tennis because of Venus and Serena Williams

Alexis said that it is especially so in America where tennis is not often at the “forefront” of people’s minds, and the most compelling reason to follow the sport is still the Williams sisters – Serena and Venus.

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“Tennis is a sport that is not at the forefront of a lot of Americans’ minds but when it is, it’s usually because… I’ll put both Serena and Venus in there,” Ohanian said, and one would say he isn’t too far from the truth.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her second round match against Italy’s Sara Errani REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Though the riches in American tennis, especially when it comes to the women’s game, continue to be an envy for other sporting nations, there are no bigger stars in the contemporary sport from the home soil than the Williams sisters.

Ohanian says the world won’t fully realize the genius of Serena and Venus until they retire

It is the Williams sisters rags-to-riches story and how they made it big that continues to inspire millions not just in the US but across the globe.

Japanese star Naomi Osaka, an avowed Serena fan who beat her to the Australian Open title, is living proof of how much the Williams siblings and their incredible exploits in the game rule the hearts of minds of future tennis stars and even those outside the game.

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And it was this remarkable story of the Williams sisters that Ohanian harped on to press his case on the Woods comparison. He said they overcame serious odds to “capture the attention of the whole world”.

“The US Open, you can see in the ratings, the people that America wants to watch, the greats…there’s a ton of amazing people playing tennis right now but Serena and V (Venus) have made it relevant for us as well as the world,” Ohanian said. He added that the world won’t fully realize the sheer genius of the Williams sisters until the day they retire.

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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.

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