'The Baby Gets Flu' - Former Trainer Details the Bizarre Circumstance That Forced Him to Officiate Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian's Wedding

‘The Baby Gets Flu’ – Former Trainer Details the Bizarre Circumstance That Forced Him to Officiate Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s Wedding

Ask Serena Williams about the most memorable year of her life and the year 2017 would be topping her list. She began that year by winning the Australian Open title. Before that tournament, she found out that she was pregnant. Later that year, she gave birth to her daughter, Olympia. Shortly after, she tied the knot with the Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.

Apart from her father, Richard Williams, Rick Macci played a pivotal role in shaping Serena’s career. He became the first professional coach of Serena during her childhood days. Recently, he recounted an incident from 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 about why he officiated Serena and Alexis’ wedding in a podcast. Talking about the incident, he said, “It’s right before the wedding, she’s got the baby. The baby gets flu, I got the baby to the children’s hospital, Serena has to go off and get some documentation to get married, and then they haven’t found anyone to do it and then finally they say, Macci, you do it. And I said, me do it? I have to be a minister.”

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Meghan Markle’s friend, 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, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Maria Sharapova on Serena’s retirement

The American legend called an end to her illustrious career at the recently concluded US Open, where she reached the third round. Talking about Serena’s retirement, her long-time rival, Maria Sharapova said, “She deserved that moment.”

Further, she added, “To see her shine and to see her perform. Watching her match at Wimbledon and losing early, I think that was actually the best gift because she wanted to come out much stronger than how she played at Wimbledon.”

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It has been a year of tennis legends bidding farewell to the sport. Apart from Serena, the likes of Roger Federer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Ashleigh Barty have also retired this year.

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