Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian make up one of the world’s top celebrity couples to watch. She’s considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
With a record of 23 Grand Slam singles titles to her name, the sports superstar was also the highest-paid female athlete for the second year running in 2017. Her husband is an internet entrepreneur. As the co-founder of Reddit and Initialized Capital, he is a longtime Net Neutrality activist who was dubbed the “Mayor of the Internet” by Forbes in 2012.
These lovebirds are not only at the top of their careers, but they are also totally smitten and share a beautiful family together. In September 2017, they welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia, before tying the knot that November. While these two are undoubtedly couple goals, there’s more to their seemingly perfect power couple than meets the eye. Here are some of the strange things about Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s marriage.
An Awkward Meet-Cute:
It was not love at first sight for this couple. In May 2015, they met by chance at the Cavalieri hotel in Rome. While Williams lounged near the pool and enjoyed breakfast with a group of friends, Ohanian ignored the surrounding empty tables and decided to plop down at the one right next to the tennis superstar.
“We were trying to get him to move and get out of there,” Williams told Vanity Fair in 2017. The group mistook his close proximity as an attempt to get too close to her, so they told him that there was a rat by his table. “He kind of refuses and he looks at us,” Williams recalled. “And he’s like, ‘Is there really a rat here?” He added, “I’m from Brooklyn. I see rats all the time.”
“Oh, you’re not afraid of rats?” Williams asked. To which he simply replied, “No.”
Intrigued by the startup guru’s nonchalant demeanor, Williams invited Ohanian to join her and her friends at their table. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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