Other people on Serena’s team were expected at an adjoining table. You don’t want to sit there.”Serena started laughing.“We were trying to get him to move and get out of there,” said Serena. ”“No.”Which is when Serena suggested a compromise and invited Alexis to join them. Serena started asking him about her Web site and if she should have an app.
Serena has been romantically linked in the past to such rappers as Drake and Common. Alexis was born in Brooklyn and raised in the nationally known planned community of Columbia, Maryland. He realized he did not want to be a lawyer, just as he had also realized that his real love was programming and building Web sites.
It was just the latest surprise in an unlikely pairing: the world’s greatest tennis player and the geek co-founder of Reddit. But there were also moments of unplanned intimacy that is the only true kind of intimacy in a love story, soft touches and laughter and absurdity, because you need absurdity in a love story, since love is slightly absurd anyway, a feeling that, like eternity, is indefinable.
From their first date—a magical six hours in Paris—to their plans for the baby’s arrival, this is the full love story. Which leads us, on the surface at least, to the seemingly mismatched pairing of 35-year-old Serena Williams and her fiancé, 34-year-old Alexis Ohanian.
With 23 grand-slam wins on the women’s pro tennis tour spanning nearly three decades—from her first, at 17 years old, in September of 1999, to her latest, at 35, in January of 2017, and the most in the open era—Serena is in the heart of every conversation concerning the best athlete of her time.
“If I were a man, then it wouldn’t be any sort of question,” she told me.