Serena Williams Tells Why Dad Did Not Walk Her Down the Aisle

More than a year after her wedding to Alexis Ohanian, tennis champ Serena Williams has opened up on why her father  and longtime coach Richard Williams did not walk her down the aisle.

The mum of one made this revelation in her new five-part HBO documentary titled Being Serena, which follows her journey in the tennis world, how she has handled motherhood and marriage, and more.

“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.”

She continued, saying she remained calm and was supportive of her father’s wishes and decision. “Daddy, it’s okay, if you don’t want to come to the wedding at all, that’s okay too,” she said. “I’m not going to be upset with you about it, so I don’t want you to be upset about it.”

“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,” Serena continued. “We just want each other to be happy. That’s what matters. I don’t think anything could ever change that.”

E! News reports that Being Serena “promises to be an intimate look at the athlete’s private life amid great upheaval and tremendous joy.”

New episodes are available Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on HBO.

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