“Have No Answer”: Husband Alexis Ohanian on Serena Williams’ Retirement From Tennis

Published 03/26/2021, 7:44 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY: Serena Williams (R) and husband Alexis Ohanian attend the “Being Serena” New York Premiere at Time Warner Center in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage) | Credits: Getty Images


Serena Williams got off to a great start in the 2021 tennis season. The tennis queen managed to defeat both Aryna Sabalenka and Simona Halep at the Australian Open 2021. Even though she lost to Naomi Osaka in the semis, she proved that she still has a lot of tennis left in her.

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23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is 39 at the moment, and fans suspect that she could bid goodbye to the sport at any moment. They haven’t forgotten Maria Sharapova’s sudden retirement and will hope that they won’t get to experience another shocking retirement announcement.

In a recent interview, Serena’s husband Alexis Ohanian faced a tough question. He was asked when an athlete would get to know that his or her time is over. This must have been in reference to Serena’s possible retirement. The interviewer even asked how long Serena could hold on for, especially now that she is a mother.

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“Dude, I can’t,” began Alexis. “I have no answer. I have no idea. I’m here supporting, you know, the same way she’s a ceaseless supporter of my career. She puts up with a lot more than I do for sure.”

Alexis surely refused to speak about Serena’s retirement plans. He believes that it is completely her decision, and he is in no position to speak on behalf of her.

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Alexis reflected that he supports Serena by advising her, but ultimately, she is the one who takes her decisions. He feels that only Serena can answer the question about her retirement.

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

“You know, I think this is something only she is gonna know and only she’s gonna answer. At the end of the day, I just continue to be in awe of everything she does and continues to do,” added Alexis.

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As of now, Serena Williams is not playing at the Miami Open 2021 due to an oral surgery. However, she will hope to return on the court as soon as possible and will look forward to playing some exceptional tennis once again. Will Serena be able to win her 24th Grand Slam title before bidding goodbye to the sport?

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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 500 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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