“Am I rude?” – Serena Williams once left fans perplexed over her friendship with Michelle Obama

Serena Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam winner, failed to make a notable comeback at the Wimbledon Open this year. But back in 2012, after her fifth Wimbledon title, she had a special supporter who cheered her for her subsequent victory at the 2012 London Olympics. Then-First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS), Michelle Obama, flew to London to cheer on Team USA as they travel to the Olympics.

And she was present when Serena began her singles journey at the Olympics. But to the surprise of millions of viewers, the FLOTUS was not seated with other dignitaries in the Royal Box. She and her family cheered for Serena’s first-round win.

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Later, the younger Williams sister opened up about her relationship with then First Lady Michelle Obama.

When Michelle Obama dropped the royal box at the London Olympics for Serena Williams

In the post-match conference Williams opened up about her relationship with then-FLOTUS. She addressed the first lady informally by her first name. And asked about this development, Williams reacted by saying “Oops, am I being rude?” You added, “She’s so cool. I have met her several times. I’m comfortable saying ‘Michelle’ and I think she wants people to feel that way.”

What also surprised many fans around the world was the fact that Michelle Obama dropped the prestigious Royal Box; sitting with the Williams family and keeping Serena Williams’ mother Oracene Price company, among other supporters of the then veteran player. Williams revealed “They asked me if I would mind if she was in the family box. I was like, ‘of course not’. Please, it would be an honor. I mean, I love Michelle.”

Additionally, the 2012 Olympics was special for the American champion as she claimed her first Olympic gold in the singles category, in addition to winning the doubles title with her sister Venus Williams.

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In search of Margaret Court’s record

Serena Williams recently made a comeback to tennis on the grass courts of the Wimbledon Championships. But the player couldn’t get past the first round and suffered a crushing blow from Harmony Tan. Then, to get some good practice ahead of the US Open, the tennis legend would attend the National Bank Open in Toronto next week.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2022 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her first round match against France’s Harmony Tan REUTERS/Matthew Childs

Additionally, the 23-time Grand Slam champion would look forward to capitalizing on the upcoming opportunity at the US Open to match Margaret Court’s majestic record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

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