How Did Serena Williams Meet Alexis Ohanian?

Published 05/07/2022, 2:42 AM EDT

Serena Williams is a true global icon and definitely one of the most decorated tennis players to have ever played the sport. But she is not just an incredible sports person, she is also one half of a power couple.

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Serena Williams, the 23 time Grand Slam champion is married to Alexis Ohanian. Ohanian is famous by his own accord. He is one of the key people behind the social news aggregator behemoth Reddit. But, his Reddit days are long behind Alexis Ohanian, as he has moved on to another phase in his career.

Among his multiple other successful endevours, the internet entrepreneur also co-founded the early-stage venture capital firm Initialized Capital, helped launch the travel search website Hipmunk, and started the social enterprise Breadpig.

Alexis currently invests in early startup companies and was also a partner at Y Combinator. Among all the accomplishments, the man also inspired Serena to open her own venture capital firm Serena Ventures.

How did Alexis Ohanian meet Serena?

In terms of what they do, Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams did not have any overlap at all, when they met back in 2015. They just happened to be staying at the same hotel in Rome and having their meals at the same time. Alexis came over and sat next to the table where Serena and some of her friends were sitting. As fate would have it, he ended up getting an invitation to Serena’s match the next day. One might want to believe, that was what cemented their friendship and eventual relationship!

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 27. (L-R) Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland. March 27, 2022, Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Serena didnt’ play well in that match at the Italian Open and she recalls inviting him back for the French Open too. To her surprise, the business mogul turned up there as well. It was the evening they spent after that made both of them fall head over heels with each other.

It was not long before they exchanged their vows. Serena remembered in an interview how Alexis had gone down on one knee at the exact spot where they met in 2015. She said, that exactly a year later from when they met, she was taken to their spot at the Cavalier hotel in Italy. This was where Alexis popped the question.

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But before the couple could exchange their vows, Serena had already revealed that she was pregnant with the couple’s first child. Later, they eventually got married after their daughter Olympia was born.

Serena, Alexis and their adorable daughter Olympia


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

Serena and Alexis are parents to their adorable four-year-old, Olympia. Not only is Olympia a veritable force of nature, but she is also the apple of her parents’ eyes. Both Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams are extremely active on their social media profiles. Olympia, quite the character, makes regular appearances in their posts and stories.

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Alexis and Olympia are often spotted courtside, supporting Serena, while she goes about her business of dominating her opponents. Recently Alexis also joked about how now, rather than recognizing him for Reddit, they recognize him for making colorful pancake art for his daughter. Anyone following Alexis will be witness to how his craft has developed over the years, all in an effort to keep his daughter happy.

It is also clear from their interactions that Serena just can’t get over the cuteness of her daughter. From calling Olympia her ‘twin’, often dressing up in matching outfits to having crazy dance parties together, it seems like the mother-daughter duo like to have some serious fun together. What a family! <3



Rishma Banerjee

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Rishma Banerjee is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having done her masters in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, Rishma's outlet from the hustle-bustle of academics has always been sports, especially Tennis. A die-hard fan of Rafael Nadal, she admires his grit, determination and dedication towards always being better. When not writing content for firms dealing with fintech to social media marketing to sports, she finds herself in journals and books dealing with geopolitics and strategic studies or scrolling endlessly through Tumblr!