“A little Unprofessional”: Why Didn’t Serena Williams Want Olympia to Come and Watch Her Matches

Published 11/05/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 12: Serena Williams of the USA celebrates with daughter Alexis Olympia after winning the final match against Jessica Pegula of USA at ASB Tennis Centre on January 12, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


Former World No.1 Serena Williams shares a really cute bond with her daughter, Olympia. The two often play together and have fun whenever the American legend gets some free time.

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Unsurprisingly, journalists often ask Serena about Olympia in her interviews and press conferences. The 4-year-old has become such a big star that she even has a verified Instagram account of her own.

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When Serena Williams said that she didn’t like Olympia to come and watch her matches

In an earlier interview, when Olympia was just 1-2 years old, Serena mentioned that she didn’t quite like Olympia to come and support her during her matches. She stated that she found it a little unprofessional when her daughter just came and started clapping and screaming at her in one of her matches.

“I don’t understand if Olympia really understands what I do yet. So, I am still trying to figure out if she understands and I am not even sure if I like her at my matches yet, because I mean, the last and the only match she came to was she started saying- ‘that’s my mom’ and clapping and screaming and I’m like okay, this is a little unprofessional,” said Serena in the interview.

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Serena claimed that Olympia was probably too young at that time

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In the same interview, Serena highlighted that maybe, Olympia was too young at that time. Thus, she clearly hinted that she wants her to grow up first and then come to encourage her.

Alexis Olympia, daughter of Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian congratulate Serena Williams after she won her final match against Jessica Pegula of USA at ASB Tennis Centre on January 12, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

“So, yeah, I think she is a little, little young still but we’ll see. We can always look back later,” added the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

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It is not clear what Serena Williams feels about Olympia’s situation right now. Whatever be the case, the 4-year-old is yet to witness her mother win a Grand Slam title. Will it happen soon?

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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 1000 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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