*In the new documentary titled “Being Serena,” the tennis champion reveals her father and longtime coach Richard Williams decided one hour before her wedding to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian that he wasn’t going to walk his daughter down the aisle.
“He was in New Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited,” Serena said in the documentary via Vogue. “But then he wrote me and said: Serena, I don’t want you to be mad at me, but I just can’t walk you down the aisle. I’m not myself anymore. I’m just too nervous.”
Instead of freaking out, Serena was supportive of her father’s decision.
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“Daddy, it’s okay, if you don’t want to come to the wedding at all, that’s okay too,” she shared. “I’m not going to be upset with you about it, so I don’t want you to be upset about it.”
Serena knew “the struggles” her dad had faced in recent years, and although his health was better, he still wasn’t 100% and at his complete best.
“If he doesn’t want to be up there in front of a lot of people, I completely understand. Look, when we first came on the scene, there were a lot of people who didn’t get him. I don’t think a lot of them wanted to get him. I don’t think a lot of him could have anyway. Our family knows what we have,” she proclaimed. “We just want each other to be happy. That’s what matters. I don’t think anything could ever change that.”
“Being Serena” is a five-part HBO documentary that chronicles the athlete’s journey from pregnancy, giving birth, getting married and returning to tennis.
New episodes are available Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on HBO.