"I'm Never Going To Play Tennis With Her"

Serena Williams has got the “mom strength.” Alexis Ohanian spoke with The Times about his wife’s new resilience as a parent.

“She’s always had this resilience and toughness, mentally and physically, but now she has this ‘mom strength button’ that she pushes and it’s just so powerful,” Alexis tells media. “I’m never going to play tennis with her,” Mr. Ohanian mused.


Serena Williams is in high gear and ready to compete at Wimbledon. The celebrity mom spoke with the press about her experience as an athlete and new mom. “I was vegan, I didn’t eat sugar,” Serena said of her pregnancy experience. Williams went on to talk about her weight loss after ending breastfeeding sessions with her daughter, Alexis Olympia.

“What I’ve learned is that every body is different – no matter how much I worked out, it didn’t work for me,” Serena said of the notion that women lose more weight when nursing than not. “I lost ten pounds in a week when I stopped [breastfeeding],” Williams revealed. “I just kept dropping.”

So how did the celebrity mom break the news to her daughter? “I literally sat Olympia in my arms and I talked to her about it and we prayed about it,” Serena told media. “I said, ‘Look, mommy has to stop and mommy has to do this.’ I cried a little bit not as much as I thought I would.”

Alexis Olympia is Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s only child. Stay tuned for more celebrity family news!



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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