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Serena Williams’ Dog Named After Rafael Nadal Boosts Her Morale After a Grueling Training Session

Published 08/05/2022, 1:25 AM EDT

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Serena Williams is all geared up for her onslaught at the US Open. After her unfruitful run at her favorite Grand Slam event, the Wimbledon Championships, the legendary player began her practice for the hard-court season in Washington.

Serena will begin her hard-court campaign at the National Bank Open in Montreal. In her latest Instagram post, the 23-time Grand Slam champion shared some pictures from her time training on the courts of Washington. And there was one adorable supporter cheering Serena during her training sessions.


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Serena Williams and her pet dog, Chip

The 40-year-old took to her Instagram to share two pictures of her post-practice session at the Citi Open. The player cooled down by lying on a Gatorade ice trunk after an exhausting practice session. She captioned the picture, “Thank you practice court 3, where it all went down this week. I had to cool down in the @gatorade ice chest.” Moreover, she also thanked the Citi Open chairman and stated, “Haha thanks @markdein for having me.” 

In the second picture, her Yorkshire Terrier, named Chip, was beside her.


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Serena Williams got Chip in 2017 and named him Christopher Chip Rafael Nadal because of her fondness for her favorite tennis player, Rafael Nadal.

Serena’s other admirers in her family


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The 23-time grand slam champion is not without fans. She has inspired millions around the world over the course of her two decade-long career.

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However, the biggest support for the legendary American comes from her close-knit family, with her husband Alexis Ohanian, daughter Olympia, and their three adorable dogs. Along with Chip, Serena Williams also has another dog named Lauralei, a Maltese pooch. Alexis Ohanian’s Adora, a rescue, completes the family.


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The former world no.1 will be back in action at the National Bank Open in Toronto. Apart from that, she will participate in the Cincinnati Masters which she has won twice in her career before. The six-time US Open champion is leaving no stone unturned in her efforts to get her 24th grand slam title.



Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.

Edited By: Tony Thomas