Serena Williams Reveals Why Her Daughter Will Not Become a Tennis Champion

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Serene Williams has revealed that her daughter, four-year-old Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., might not become a tennis champion just like her. This early, the young talent has been loving playing piano more than playing tennis that her mother feels she and husband, Alexis Ohanian, are raising a baby Mozart.

Speaking with Jimmy Kimmel, Williams, 40, said that Olympia likes "tennis enough" but she is more passionate when it comes to music. The four-year-old has been taking piano lessons and even "teaches" her mom to play on the keyboards.

"When she was in my belly, I played a lot of piano music," Williams told Kimmel.

On Instagram, Williams once shared a video of the daughter leading her mom in playing the piano. However, the tennis superstar also said that Olympia is taking tennis lessons from a different coach because she needed to have time outdoors in a socially-distanced environment.

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No Idea She's Serena Williams' Daughter

According to Williams, when COVID-19 hit in early 2020, she and her husband thought that the only answer to keep Olympia active, while most facilities have shut down, was to have her go through tennis training. However, Williams did not want to teach her own daughter but signed her up with a different coach, who initially had no idea Olympia is the daughter of a world-renowned tennis talent.

Williams told her followers that she wants Olympia to learn tennis techniques from someone else. Back at home, Williams also indulges Olympia with some videos and play-by-play of tennis matches so she could improve on her gameplay.

In early 2021, however, the mother bought her daughter her own piano when they moved into their new home in Florida. The instrument is actually a vintage Wurlitzer piano that blends well in the family's art gallery-type home.

Producing a Film About Her Dad

Meanwhile, Williams is excited about the upcoming release of "King Richard," the biographical movie she co-produced with her sister, Venus Williams, about the life of their father and coach, Richard Williams. The tennis superstar said that it has been such a surreal experience to watch her father's life, as well as their young lives, unfold on the big screen.

Will Smith plays Richard in the movie while Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney play the sisters. Williams said that the actors in the film have been incredible and she could not help but get emotional each time she watches the trailers.

"King Richard" covers the seven-year period before the tennis sisters became two of sports' most formidable forces. The film has been receiving rave reviews from critics and Serena said that it was important for them to tell their story from the point of view of their father.

For the sisters, there will be "no Venus or Serena" of there was no Richard, whom Serena described as always "way ahead of his time." One scene in the movie that resonated with Serena was when their father told them their success is for every Black girl in the world. At that time, Serena said they had no idea but this eventually became clearer as they got older. The sisters believe that their father does not get a lot of credit for their success when the truth was Richard taught them everything they know.

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