Staggering US Open Stat Adds More Fuel to Eternal Gender Debate as Alexis Ohanian Proudly Cites Venus and Serena Williams’ Case to Show America’s Allegiance

Published 09/21/2023, 3:28 AM EDT

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Alexis Ohanian is a first-hand witness to wife Serena Williams‘ tennis glory. His support for women’s tennis is quite visible. Over time, not only has the Reddit co-founder supported the 41-year-old American tennis legend on the tennis court, he has also been a huge advocate of equality in women’s sports.

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This year’s US Open proved to be incredible, with Coco Gauff winning the women’s singles title. Days later, Ohanian shared a touching statement supporting women’s rights. In his statement, he highlighted Billie Jean King’s efforts. Plus, he also cited some facts regarding the power of women’s tennis in America as compared to the men’s category.

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Just a few days ago, this year’s US Open witnessed success in terms of tennis players’ enthusiasm and their contribution to American tennis. Looking into the successful version of the US Open, the Reddit co-founder took to his Instagram account to share a video. He talked about how women’s sports are just getting started. He highlighted an example from the tennis arena itself, bringing in the 12-time Grand Slam champion’s unforgettable contribution to the sport.

He said, “There have been great women athletes for a very long time laboring under horrible conditions, unfair pay, but let’s unpack it some more. The US Open is a rare case study of a women’s and men’s tournament played at the same time that are now thanks to a lot of great work, Billie Jean King, providing equal pay, equal marketing support, equal stakes, equal everything.” 

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He also talked about his wife and his sister Venus Williams‘ contribution to the US Open. He mentioned how they also lifted women’s tennis to greater heights. Not to forget, Ohanian was also there to witness how the Arthur Ashe crowd embraced his wife, Serena, during her final US Open appearance last year.

The 23-time Grand Slam Champion’s husband then made a major revelation that more Americans prefer to watch the women’s US Open final than the men’s.

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Soon after his post, the 40-year-old entrepreneur received responses from other women’s tennis veterans. They acknowledged his efforts to bring women’s contribution to the sport. His wife’s former coach, Rennae Stubbs, also gave a two-word reply to the Reddit co-founder.

Serena’s former coach replies to Ohanian’s stirring note 

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Rennae Stubbs, the 52-year-old Australian tennis coach, shared the same video in her Instagram story. She mentioned a sweet message for the 23-time Grand Slam Champion’s husband’s amazing effort to put women’s tennis on top. Along with that amazing video, she wrote, “I ❤️ you @alexisohanian,” expressing her emotions.

Rennae Stubbs and Serena Williams have a close relationship. Stubbs was a long-time admirer of Williams’ game. She joined her coaching team for the 2022 US Open. Williams has said that Stubbs helped her to rediscover her love of the game and to believe in herself again. Stubbs has also praised Williams for her resilience and her ability to overcome challenges.

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In his journey to support women’s tennis, the facts Ohanian brings out reflect the current reality. While many people watch women’s sports, not all of them appreciate it as much. However, things are changing. What is your take on Ohanian’s video? Post your comments in the space below.

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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