WATCH: Serena Williams Tennis Trains Olympia With Crackers, Cupcakes, And Father’s Advice

Published 06/18/2021, 12:52 AM EDT
Serena Williams of the USA celebrates with daughter Alexis Olympia after winning the final match against Jessica Pegula of USA at ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Tennis queen Serena Williams has been inspiring generations with her sporting skill and determination. Now, she has also taken up the job of training her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Since the pandemic outbreak, the mother-daughter duo has built an alternative presence on social media. Their social media handles, along with those of Serena’s husband Alexis Ohanian Sr., cover their personal lives.

From baking cookies, singing karaoke, fashion shoots, and twinning in swimwear, the family partook in all of it. Most significantly, the frequent tennis training sessions of the young three-year-old Olympia stood out.


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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 at ASB Tennis Centre on January 12, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Serena Williams tennis trains daughter Olympia

Every tennis session begins with a warmup. Accordingly, the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and her daughter Olympia also did the warmup drills.

From hops to running around the mark and touching toes, the adorable child followed her mother’s lead. In between, she even broke free to kick an invisible soccer ball.

After the drills came the most enjoyable part of their training session, the forehand practice. And to teach Olympia how to hit a forehand, Serena took an innovative approach.

Firstly, the 73 WTA title winner introduced her daughter to a new game; she named it the Forehand Cracker. When she asked Olympia to repeat the name, the three-year-old adorably said, “Forehand crackers. Yummy.”

Then Serena asked her how many crackers she wanted; to this Olympia said five. Then her mother placed five markers on the court and encouraged Olympia to hit a forehand on the bounce on the run. Fascinatingly, Olympia missed only one.

Later on, for the next round, Serena asked Olympia to think of the tennis balls as her favorite strawberry cupcakes. This time, the three-year-old did impressively well, which ended with a racquet clap and a ‘Baby champion’ dance with her mother.

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Serena shares teachings of her father with daughter Olympia

In the third part, the 39-year-old imparted the teachings of her ex-coach and father, Richard Williams. She said, “Turn. Reach. Follow through.”

Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Afterwards, she added that it might be difficult for a three-year-old to understand this, but knew her daughter was an exception. Naturally, the mother’s instinct was right.


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Presently, Serena Williams is amid her preparations for the upcoming Wimbledon Championships 2021. This year, she will not participate in any tune-up tournaments.


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