‘The Baby Gets the Flu’ – Former trainer describes the bizarre circumstances that forced him to officiate Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s wedding

Ask Serena Williams about the most memorable year of her life and 2017 would be at the top of her list. She started this year by winning the Australian Open title. Before that tournament, she found out she was pregnant. Later that year she gave birth to their daughter Olympia. Shortly thereafter, she married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Alongside her father, Richard Williams, Rick Macci played a pivotal role in shaping Serena’s career. He became Serena’s first professional coach in her childhood days. He recently opened up about an incident at Serena’s wedding.


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Why did Rick Macci officiate Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s wedding?

Serena’s childhood coach opened up on a podcast about why he managed Serena and Alexis’ wedding. Speaking of the incident, he said, “It’s just before the wedding, she’s having the baby. The baby gets the flu, I took the baby to Children’s Hospital, Serena has to go and get paperwork to get married, and then they couldn’t find anyone to do it, and then they finally say, Macci, you do it. And I said: Am I doing this? I must become a minister.”

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Meghan Markle’s girlfriend, US tennis player Serena Williams (L) and her husband, US entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian (R), arrive for the wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor a Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN – WPA Pool/Getty Images)


Serena Williams’ religious father “King” Richard once blatantly dismissed the idea of ​​having Patrick Mouratoglou on her team: “Turn her life more to Jehovah.”

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Serena recently performed at New York Fashion Week. At this event, she opened the Vogue parade.


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Maria Sharapova on Serena’s resignation

The American legend ended her illustrious career at the recently concluded US Open, where she reached the third round. Talk about Serenas retired, her longtime rival Maria Sharapova said, “She deserves this moment.”

In addition, she added “To see them shine and to see their performance. Seeing her match at Wimbledon and losing early was the best gift in my opinion because she wanted to come out a lot stronger than she played at Wimbledon.


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It was a year when tennis legends said goodbye to the sport. In addition to Serena, Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ashleigh Barty also retired this year.

Check out this story: Serena Williams sends love as Roger Federer hangs up his tennis racket

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