Serena Williams Reveals How Dad Backed Out Of Her Wedding

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

"He was in New Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited", says tennis champion via voiceover. 'My dad and I still talk about tennis. Serena, whose daughter Alexis was two months old when she got married, ended up walking herself down the aisle to How Far I'll Go from Disney animation Moana. "But then he wrote me and said, 'Serena, I don't want you to be mad at me, but I just can't walk you down the aisle".

I want Olympia to see that her mom is pretty good at what she did.' She also described her wedding day as one of the best days in life, 'one of the best days of my entire life, nowhere near a tennis court - getting married to an wonderful, handsome, slightly nerdy, but brilliant man, and doing it with some company', she said referring to her daughter Olympia. "And if he doesn't want to be up there in front of a lot of people, I completely understand", Williams said.

"Maybe a lot of daughters wouldn't react the same way, but I know the struggles he's had these last few years". Williams, who married husband and Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, on November 16th of a year ago, shared details about the intimate conversation she had with her father on the third episode of her HBO documentary, Being Serena.

Williams shared how she was more concerned about her father's health than about her being walked down an aisle.

The stunning turn of events bears similarities to the dramas being experienced by Meghan Markle, who is close friends with Serena.

The tennis ace married entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of message board empire Reddit, in a lavish Beauty and the Beast-themed ceremony in New Orleans in November past year.

She continued: 'We just want each other to be happy. "I'm an athlete. He's a business guy". We are totally opposite. "That's what matters. I don't think anything could ever change that".

She added, "I think we understand hard work in different ways. Literally all I tell Alexis is, 'well, you know, there's such a difference between White people and Black people.' He always gets to hear about the injustices that happen; that wouldn't happen if I were White".

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