Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are the proud parents of two daughters.
The couple welcomed their first daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., nicknamed Olympia, on September 17. January 1, 2017. Five years later, they expanded their family when Williams gave birth to their youngest daughter, Adira River Ohanian, in August 2023.
Williams opens up about giving birth to Olympia very cool June 2018, on balancing motherhood and career.
“My only rule when training is to finish at 1pm because as much as I love tennis, I need to be with her,” she said. “I want to put her above everything I do. I haven’t been away from her for more than a day since she was born.”
The tennis icon added of her second child, “If I didn’t work and I was pregnant… I don’t know if I would still want to play if I had another child…”
Williams retired from tennis in September 2022, nearly a year after giving birth to her second child. A few months later, during an episode of the Daily People podcast, she shared that Olympia was glad her mom had more free time.
“She wanted to make sure I am “I realized I should have time, I need to spend more time with her,” Williams said. “It’s funny… but it’s good because little kids really want to be with their parents. I’m lucky that she wanted to be with me. That’s how I look at it, (because) she probably felt differently and I’m glad she didn’t.”
Although Williams has previously spoken openly about her struggles with motherhood, she also recognizes the joy that comes with such a major life change. “I’ve been focused on my career my whole life, but when I had a family and got married, I realized there’s so much more to life. It’s awesome,” she told People in January 2021.
From birth to spending quality time with her parents, here’s everything you need to know about Serena Williams’ kids.
Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., 6
Williams and Ohanian’s eldest daughter, Olympia, was born in September. January 1, 2017, St. Mary’s Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. Ohanian shared the news on Instagram, writing: “Welcome little Alexis Olympia Ohanian, we are so excited to meet you… Our little girl is already the perfect companion for mommy ”
The tennis icon previously announced her pregnancy by posting a photo of her pregnant belly on Snapchat at 20 weeks pregnant.she later told vanity fair Just before she won the 2017 Australian Open, she found out she was pregnant.
“(I) thought about it and my heart sank. Like literally dropped,” she told the outlet. Williams thought: “Oh my gosh, this can’t be possible – I have to play in a tournament. How am I going to play in the Australian Open? “I was planning to win at Wimbledon this year. ”
Ohanian said during the visit that while the couple chose not to know the sex of their child Jimmy Kimmel Live! They all suspected they were having a girl.
“(Serena) won the Australian Open while pregnant. She said she felt it had to be a girl because everything this baby went through and dealt with was like a champ and only a woman could be strong enough to bear it,” he explain.
Williams has been very open about her complicated birth experience, which included an emergency C-section and postpartum surgery.
In April 2018, Williams told People magazine: “I’ve spent my whole life pushing my body to its limits. This was one time where I couldn’t control anything. I couldn’t push my body. My body pushed me. body.” to maximize its effectiveness. That’s too hard. ”
When Olympia was four, Williams revealed that her daughter was taking piano lessons and had a love for music more than sports.
“She loves tennis, but I don’t know. Honestly, she loves playing the piano,” the tennis star revealed. Jimmy Kimmel Live!. “I played a lot of piano while she was in my belly.”
She added: “She’s teaching me! Like, I’m not even kidding. I had a baby Mozart, (but) of course every parent thinks they have a baby Beethoven or whatever.”
Olmypia’s other interests include ballet, football and VR gaming. Ohanian tells PEOPLE that he and Williams enjoy watching their daughter explore her different interests.
“I do think she’s a combination of creativity and athleticism now. Mini golf was her hobby about a year ago and then we gave her proper golf lessons and she loved it,” he said. “Creatively, she loves dance. I guess dance is a little bit of both. Maybe that’s where she lands – somewhere creative and athletic… Like any parent, we just want her to have fun, We’re lucky enough to be able to expose her to anything she might be interested in.”
Williams revealed on CBS News that Olympia has followed in her mother’s footsteps and played tennis since she was a child. Face to face with Norah O’Donnell Her daughter “actually doesn’t like playing tennis that much.”
“It was a little disappointing to me, but she was actually really good at it,” she said in 2023. “So we’re trying to figure out how to give her a little bit of a role.”
However, even if Olympia hadn’t chosen a career in sports, she would have been a co-owner of two sports teams. At age 2 1/2, she became a co-owner of the women’s soccer team Angel City FC and later the Los Angeles Golf Club.
“Now Olympia just knows Angel City FC as our team and she loves cheering for them,” Ohanian told PEOPLE in March 2023. “I think as she gets older, maybe she’ll see a different dimension of the team.”
In July 2020, Williams told People magazine that Olympia was also already a fashionista. “She would lay out what we needed to wear in the morning before going to bed,” she said. “She said, ‘Blue shirt, blue shirt, blue shirt.'” And then she said, “Mom wears these shoes.” “She always told me to (wear) heels.”
Mother and daughter are often photographed as twins. Olympia even attended Paris Fashion Week with her mom in April 2022 and was featured in Fashion August 2022.
Although Williams and Ohanian won’t be celebrating Olympia’s birthday because they are Jehovah’s Witnesses, they still invited her to the special outing. In September 2023, Ohanian took her to a Home Depot to draw on her 6th birthday weekend.
He shared a photo of their outing on Instagram, writing: “This weekend I gave Olympia ‘the best day ever’ and she could choose whatever she wanted to do. It started with building a microscope. I’m so proud. “I love spending time with our (new) 6-year-old. ”
Adira R. Ohanian
The couple’s second daughter, Adira, was born in August 2023. They first revealed the news in a TikTok video, with Ohanian later posting a family photo on Instagram.
“Welcome, Adira R. Ohanian. I’m happy to say our house is filled with love: a happy and healthy newborn girl and a happy and healthy mom,” he captioned the image. “Grateful. @serenawilliams, you have now given me another unparalleled gift – you are GMOAT. Thank you to all the wonderful medical staff who cared for my wife and daughter 🙏 I will never forget my introduction to her little sister @ olympiaohanian moment.”
Williams originally announced her pregnancy in May 2023 while attending the Met Gala with Ohanian. “I was so excited when Anna Wintour invited the three of us to the Met Gala,” she captioned a photo of her and her husband. The couple later revealed the gender of their newborn baby via a drone display.
Ohanian told People magazine at the time that “no one was more excited” about the pregnancy than Olympia. “She’s been wanting this,” he said. “She’s been praying and asking about it for a while, so she’s ready.”
The entrepreneur also said he feels more confident as a second-time parent. “We weren’t first-time parents anymore,” he said, “and I was a lot more confident about having a newborn, and all of that I had zero confidence in Olympia because I’d never even been with a baby at that point. Let’s live together.” in my life. ”
After Adira was born, Williams showed fans her newborn’s nursery in a YouTube video. “A little bit of history about this room, this actually used to be Olympia’s room. It had blue carpet and was like a playroom for her,” she shared in the video.
She went on to show details of the room, which included a red and white crib with a gold crown perched on top and red and gold hot air balloons hanging from the ceiling.
In a trailer for the video Williams posted on Instagram, she revealed the crib arrived the day before Adira was born.
“I walked into @poppedoll @byselinabyfernando in the Netherlands and saw a crib that took my breath away. I wanted to see if I could get something similar but in my own colors of course,” she wrote in the caption. “They only had 6 weeks to complete…and they delivered! I actually got Adira the next day! Thank you for making my nursery dream come true❤️.”
In September 2023, Ohanian shared a photo of himself cuddling his two daughters while watching TV. “#PaternityLeave,” the father of two captioned his post.