“Literally Was The Impetus”: Serena Williams’ Husband Reveals Olympia Drove Him to Own a Women’s Soccer Team

Published 03/18/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
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)


Serena Williams, along with her husband, has recently invested in the women’s soccer league in the United States. The two have recently become the owners of the Angel City Football Club that will begin to play in 2022 in the United States Soccer League. This is quite interesting, as it’ll be the first time a big star has shown interest in women’s soccer.

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Surprisingly, Olympia, daughter of Serena Williams, also has a stake in the franchise. Thus, she is also an owner along with her parents, and she will surely boost the morale of the team.

In a recent interview, Serena’s husband Alexis Ohanian revealed how little Olympia gave him the inspiration to own a women’s soccer team. He claimed that even though Olympia is not capable of taking decisions for the team at the moment, she is a valuable asset.

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“We’re not ready to consult her yet,” began Alexis with a laugh. “She also, look like, symbolically but also quite literally was the impetus for this. Because it was her kicking around a little football around the house we were in, there in Wimbledon while we were watching the final.”

Alexis recalled how his daughter playing football inside the house actually made him think in the direction of women’s soccer. He even called her the ‘impetus’ for this project.

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Alexis also spoke about what ultimately gave him the idea of owning a football club. He said that he took on a challenge after his daughter showed some interest in football.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: Alexis Ohanian and Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., husband, and daughter of Serena Williams (not pictured), attend the Women’s Singles third round match between Serena Williams of the United States and Sloane Stephens of the United States on Day Six of the 2020 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 05, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

“I remarked to Serena, I was like any parent, she (Olympia) was wearing a little Alex Morgan jersey and running around. Like any parent, I was like, look one day you could play on that team. And Serena without missing a beat was like not until they pair what she’s worth. I was like okay, all right challenge accepted, like okay, let’s see what we can do to help change that,” added Alexis.

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Both Serena Williams and Alexis want to bring some changes to women’s soccer. They hope that the wage gap between male and female players will soon reduce. It’s surely a great start, and fans are quite excited to welcome their team to the league next year.

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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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