7 Times Serena Williams’ Husband Alexis Ohanian Was Her Biggest Fan

Katie O'Malley
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From ELLE

It’s often said that it takes an army to get things done in this world. And while we've so often talked about the women behind the men, it's high time that women were the ones in the spotlight, as leaders, businesswomen and all-round 'getting it done' legends.

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So while brilliant women leaders like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Amal Clooney, Nancy Pelosi make waves - putting their extreme smarts to important use - we can spare a small moment to applaud the spouses who have taken on the supporting roles, so that their leading ladies can shine brightly.

The world has fallen head-over-heels for support act to tennis Queen Serena Williams, husband and biggest supporter: Alexis Ohanian.

Since their wedding in November 2017, the Reddit co-founder and tech entrepreneur has constantly reminded the world of the importance of supporting women achieve greatness, paternity leave and making romantic gestures unashamedly.

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

Whether it’s cheering her on from the side lines or gushing about her in the press, the 36-year-old has captured the world’s attention for his honesty, relatability and overall adorableness in approach to his tennis star wife.

Here is a list of all the times we fell in love with Alexis Ohanian’s love for Serena Williams:

1) Alexis supports her friendship with Meghan Markle

Having a loved one get on well with your best friends is an important component in any relationship.

So, imagine Serena’s glee over her husband’s strong friendship with the Duchess of Sussex, who visited New York City to cheer on the tennis champion at the US Open Women’s Final over the weekend.

Ahead of the match, Alexis was spotted hugging Meghan as she arrived to watch the tense competition, which ultimately saw Serena lose to Bianca Andreescu.

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Photo credit: Tim Clayton - Corbis - Getty Images

Serena and Alexis were two of countless celebrity guests at Meghan and Prince Harry’s royal wedding in May 2019.

The couple posted several photographs and videos of themselves attending the star-studded nuptials, from them getting dressed in the morning for the ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor to changing for the reception at Frogmore House.

2) Alexis and daughter Olympia cheer on Serena at Hopman Cup

Standing on the sidelines during Serena’s women’s singles match against Britain’s Katie Boulter at the Hopman Cup in January 2019, the Reddit co-founder was seen holding the couple’s daughter, Olympia, as they cheered on the sportswoman.

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Photo credit: Paul Kane - Getty Images

For the occasion, the proud father wore a black T-shirt and trainers which coordinated perfectly with his daughter’s black Nike shoes and leopard print and black co-ord.

3) Alexis talks the importance of being present at tennis matches

Describing his wife as the GMOAT (‘greatest mother of all time’), the technology expert has spoken about supporting his wife through thick and thin during her career.

‘You have to show up,’ he wrote in an article for Glamour earlier this year. ‘You have to be supportive. These are the things that matter.’

In the op-ed, the father-of-one revealed that the couple sit down at the beginning of every year to go through their diaries so that they spend no longer than a week without seeing each other.

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Photo credit: Julian Finney - Getty Images

‘I brought Google Calendar into her world so we could see each other’s schedules at any time, which would also make it easier to plan an impromptu call if we’re away from each other—a day without FaceTime is rough when you’ve been away from each other for two weeks,’ he noted.

Ohanian said that while his career has been ‘successful’ so far, he recognises the power in helping his wife aim to win for more trophies.

‘I’m far from perfect, but I try to get behind her and let her know I’m there for her and our daughter, no matter what,’ he wrote. ‘While I don’t have anything extravagant planned at the moment (or if I did, I wouldn’t tell you!), I will always try to show my wife how much I appreciate and support her.'

4) Alexis takes Serena to Italy because she is craving pasta

While most couples will order a takeaway when itching for a veggie pizza, a green Thai curry or a chicken biryani, the Ohanians go one step further.

In July 2018, Alexis posted a photograph of him and his wife drinking wine in Venice. ‘She wanted Italian for dinner, so…’ the photo’s caption reads.

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She wanted Italian for dinner, so...

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Yes, that’s right. Alexis jetted the 23-time Grand Slam champion to Italy because…she was hungry. ‘She had a craving, so I delivered her to Venice,’ Ohanian wrote in Glamour.

Our jealousy levels have never been higher.

5) Alexis nicknames Serena’s match hairstyle

During her quarterfinal match against Alison Riske at Wimbledon 2019, Serena wore her hair down in natural curls for half of the match before pulling it into a tight bun after losing the second set and ultimately winning the on court battle.

Following the tense sporting competition between the two athletes, Ohanian took to Instagram to congratulate his wife and credit the ‘business bun’ for helping give her the extra boost she needed during the match.

‘#MamaStrength. What an amazing match between two women who went all out today. But the #BusinessBun means business,’ he wrote.

6) Alexis isn’t afraid to let go during a match

Look to the stands during any one of Serena’s matches and you’ll no doubt see Alexis cheering her on.

Photographed grimacing, smiling, yelling and pumping his fists in the air, the father-of-one is more than aware of his changing faces while watching his significant other play and isn’t afraid to make fun of himself once in a while.

‘Chill, no chill,’ he captioned a side-by-side photograph of himself on Instagram in July which sees him looking calm and collected at one point and then lifting his arms and yelling in the other.

7) Alexis describes the tennis star as having ‘the biggest heart’

Months before she gave birth to their daughter, Olympia, Serena attended the Met Gala 2017 with her husband.

Following the event, Alexis gushed about his wife in a heartfelt post about her on Facebook.

'She has the biggest heart,’ he told Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton.

‘Everyone sees her success as an athlete, but all of that is layered on the size of her heart.

'She gives 100% of herself to everything she does: as a friend, as a lover, and soon, as a mother.’


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