8 months ago
Back in April, the press was abuzz after it was revealed that superstar tennis champion Serena Williams had been pregnant while winning the Australian Open.
But there was even more buzz about baby’s father—Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
Vanity Fair has now brought in the big guns, commissioning writer Buzz Bissinger (of Friday Night Lights fame) to demystify what the author calls “a love story.”
Williams will appear on the August cover of the magazine naked and very pregnant—evoking memories of Demi Moore’s famous cover—and Bissinger’s cover story does the imagery justice. Here are some of the key takeaways from it.
-Williams believes that if she weren’t a woman, there would be no question that she was the best athlete of her time.
-Ohanian took his first Instagram picture of his future wife-to-be foot faulting (above). He had never seen a tennis match before then.
-Not the athletic type, Ohanian turned down a tennis lesson from Williams “so he could tell his friends that he once turned down a lesson with Serena Williams.”
-Williams says her first thought when her pregnancy test came back positive prior to the Australian Open was “Oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament….How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.”
-She would end up taking six pregnancy tests, all of which came back positive.
-Williams and Ohanian met for the first time at the Cavalieri hotel in Rome in May 2015. She was set to play her opening match at the Italian Open the following morning, he was hungover from the night before, during which he partied with SNL alum Kristen Wiig.
-After Ohanian randomly took a poolside table next to Williams and two associates at the hotel that morning, Williams remembers her first words to her future husband being “No, we just don’t want you sitting there. We’re going to use that table.”