Tennis champion Serena Williams has revealed she is engaged to be married. The sports star said that after being together for nearly two years, her boyfriend, the Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, has asked her to marry him after taking her away for a romantic trip to Rome.

Ms Williams, shared her happy news on Reddit by posting a poem, which said: “At the same table we first met by chance / This time he made it not by chance / But by choice / Down on one knee / He said 4 words / And I said yes.”

Meanwhile, Mr Ohanian, 33, shared his fiancée’s musings to his own social media accounts, adding that she had said yes, and made him the “happiest man on the planet.”

Mr Ohanian has surprised his wife to be by packing her bags ready for a trip to Rome. The Wimbledon champion has always been very private about her personal life, until now, when she clearly could not contain her happiness.

Back to where it first began

The pair are understood to have met in May 2015 when Ms Williams played the clay court tournament in Roman before taking part in the French Open. They were, however, first spotted in public in November of that year when they were seen dining together.

During their date, a thief stole Ms Williams phone from the table, where she had placed it, and dashed outside with it. Once she realised what had happened, she gave chase, catching up with the culprit, who gave her the phone back and she returned to her table.


Mr Ohanian has been incredibly supportive of Ms Williams’ career, proudly posting about her achievements on social media, and taking his mother to watch her play at Wimbledon. Previously, Ms Williams has been linked to a number of high profile actors, sports stars and musicians. However, she has now found the person she wants to spend the rest of her life with.

Published by Elizabeth

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