‘Don’t Like Bad Blood’ – When Serena Williams Got Candid About the Initial ‘Hump of Weirdness’ Between Patrick Mouratoglou and Husband Alexis Ohanian

Published 08/10/2022, 2:37 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 16: Alexis Ohanian, Patrick Mouratoglou, Jarmere Jenkins, Venus Williams and Derick Allen watch the Women’s Singles Quarterfinals match between Simona Halep of Romania and Serena Williams of the United States during day nine of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 16, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Earlier in April, Serena Williams and Patrick Mouratoglou parted ways, as he posted a lengthy social media post to announce the news. Notably, Serena and Mouratoglou spent almost 10 years on the tour and won plenty of trophies.

Back in 2017, she talked about her relationship with Mouratoglou and how her current husband Alexis Ohanian handled the situation. Apart from winning trophies, there were reports about Serena and Mouratoglou having a romantic relationship.


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Serena Williams talked about the weird first interaction between Patrick Mouratoglou and Alexis Ohanian

During an interview with Vogue magazine back in 2017, Serena Williams revealed that Alexis Ohanian made peace with Patrick Mouratoglou after overcoming their first weird interaction. She said, Once we got over that little hump of weirdness, it was fine.

Later, she talked about having good relationship with all of her exes. “Fortunately I’m really good friends with most everyone I’ve ever dated. I don’t like bad blood,” she further said. 

PARIS, FRANCE May 27. Serena Williams of the United States with coach Patrick Mouratoglou while practicing on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 27th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Although she did not directly mention Mouratoglou as one of her exes, there were plenty of such reports about them dating. However, they still never opened up about it publicly.

Serena and Ohanian’s romantic relationships started by luck

In 2015, while playing the Rome Masters, Serena met her now-husband, Alexis Ohanian, for the very first time. At that time, the Reddit co-founder, Ohanian, was in Rome for business purposes. Coincidentally, Both Ohanian and Serena were staying at the same hotel. They met one morning while having breakfast.


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Interestingly, Ohanian sat next to Serena and the tennis player wanted him to move to another place, which Ohanian denied. Later, he joined at her table and Serena invited him to see one of her matches at the Rome Masters, and the rest is history.

Co-Founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams attend the HBO New York Premiere of ‘Being Serena’ at Time Warner Center on April 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

One year later, Ohanian proposed to Serena at the same hotel and at the same table where he met her for the first time. In 2017, they welcomed their daughter, Olympia, and in the same year, they tied the knot as well.


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Meanwhile, Serena recently announced her retirement from tennis after the US Open, as she wants to expand her family pretty soon. Currently, she is sitting at 23 Grand Slam titles and the US Open will be her last opportunity to win her 24th Major title and match Margaret Court’s record.



Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.