Serena Williams on Being a Fingers-On Mother to Olympia

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Serena Williams has embraced motherhood and loves being there for each second together with her 4-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian — regardless that she as soon as thought she’d by no means have kids.

Williams seems on the Vogue September 2022 cowl, out Aug. 9. Within the interview, she confirmed her upcoming retirement from tennis, however plans to nonetheless take part on this 12 months’s US Open. She additionally spoke candidly about being a mother and the way it has associated to her profession.

“Earlier in my profession, I by no means considered having youngsters,” she defined. “There have been occasions once I’ve puzzled if I ought to ever deliver youngsters into this world, with all its issues. I used to be by no means that assured or snug round infants or kids, and I figured that if I ever did have a child, I might have folks caring for it 24/7.”

Her expertise, although, has been the alternative — although Williams does word that she positively has “plenty of help.” She mentioned, “However I am additionally an extremely hands-on mom. My husband [Alexis Ohanian] will let you know I’m too hands-on. In 5 years, Olympia has solely spent one 24-hour interval away from me. This previous 12 months, whereas I used to be recovering from a hamstring damage, I acquired to choose her up from faculty 4 or 5 days per week, and I all the time regarded ahead to seeing her face mild up when she walked out of the constructing and noticed me ready there for her.”

Added the long-lasting athlete, who was photographed by Luis Alberto Rodriguez for the Vogue characteristic: “The very fact is that nothing is a sacrifice for me on the subject of Olympia.”

Williams, her husband Alexis, and daughter Olympia simply loved a jet-setting abroad trip collectively, together with stops in Greece and the UK after the 2022 Wimbledon match. Whereas in London, Alexis and Williams confirmed Olympia all types of well-known sights, together with the London Eye ferris wheel, the London Pure Historical past Museum, and took her to a “Bridgerton” tea expertise.

Vogue’s September 2022 challenge might be out there on newsstands on Aug. sixteenth.

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