Serena Williams Says Daughter ‘Doesn’t Actually Like to Play Tennis’

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Serena Williams is revealing her thoughts on whether her daughter will follow in her footsteps as a tennis prodigy.

Earlier this week, on CBS News’ Person to Person with Norah O’Donnell, Williams revealed that her 5-year-old daughter Olympia “doesn’t actually like to play tennis too much.”

“That’s a little disappointing for me, but she’s actually really good at it,” she told host Norah O’Donnell. “So we are trying to figure out a way to get her to play a little bit.”

“Maybe I can push her into tennis by getting other kids to have a group lesson, I think that’s what I’m gonna do,” she later shared.

Williams, who has Olympia with husband Alexis Ohanian, has been able to spend more time with her daughter after announcing her retirement from the game in August.


Serena Williams Olympia


In December, she spoke on the PEOPLE Every Day podcast and told presenter Janine Rubenstein that Olympia is “quite aware” that her mother is no longer devoted to a hard training regimen and is making the most of her newfound spare time.

“She wants to make sure that I’m aware that I should have time on my hands and I need to spend more time with her,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion said, laughing.

“I’m always like, ‘Olympia, I’m not working now.’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, you don’t play tennis!’ She’s like, ‘Yes!’ And I don’t really quite know how to feel about that!”

In 2021, Williams chatted with PEOPLE about signing up Olympia for tennis lessons.


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Serena Williams and daughter Olympia. PHOTO: ABBVIE/UBRELVY


“Honestly, we started because it’s a socially safe sport, and when COVID happened, it was like, we’re just in the house with a 3-year-old, what do we do?” Williams said. “There was only one answer, to my dismay.”

Williams did go into “tennis mom” mode before Olympia’s first class, joking that the instructor “had no idea that it’s my daughter, so we’ll see how it goes.”

“I’m not a pushy mom, but I know how I like techniques, I want to make sure she’s good at teaching Olympia some techniques,” she added.

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