6 Things You Need To Know About Serena Williams And Alexis Ohanian

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He’s going to be Mr. Serena Williams!

At least two people are trying to end 2016 on a high note.

On Thursday, tennis icon Serena Williams announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the massively popular website Reddit.

The media had reported on their relationship for over a year — Williams had previous been romantically linked to Drake — but the happy couple surprised the world yesterday by revealing that they’d gotten engaged in Italy over the holidays.

Chances are, if you’re like us, you know WAY more about Serena than you do about Alexis, so, if you want to fully appreciate their newly announced soon-to-be wedded bliss, here are 6 things you should know about Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s engagement!

1. Alexis Ohanian is a Silicon Valley legend for co-creating Reddit

Alexis and Serena met at a lunch, sort of by accident, and connected immediately.

He's also super young, at only 33 years old.

He was born to an Armenian-American family who were survivors of the Armenian Genocide. 

He's also kind of a genius. 

Depending on your perspective, the news/social network site Reddit is either “the front page on the internet” or the “worst place on the internet.” But, regardless of how you feel about the social sharing site, it’s one of the best known sites online.

And Ohanian co-founded the site in 2005 with Steve Huffman — they sold Reddit in 2006 to Conde Nast. (It was rumored that they were paid between 10 and 20 million for the site.)

But Ohanian has remained active in Reddit management ever since the sale.

2. Serena Williams is… you know who Serena Williams is.


She’s Serena ****ing Williams. ‘Nuff said.

But if you need some quick facts

71 singles titles.

23 doubles titles.

14 doubles titles.

Four time Olympic gold medals. 

Also she's won over $81 million in prize money. So. 

3. It was first announced that they were dating in October 2015.

US Weekly originally reported it. According to source, the couple “met at a lunch” and “It’s new.”

The source also noted, “He said he’d never been into tennis until they started dating!”

4. Last year, Slate publicly asked “Why would Serena Williams want to date Alexis Ohanian?”


The actual title of the article was “Who the Heck Is Alexis Ohanian, and Why Would Serena Williams Want to Date Him?”

Fortunately for the couple, there was a pretty good answer to the second part of that (sort of obnoxious) question.

He's not only a tech biz genius. He's really well-respected among tech developers and online freedom advocates. 

He was even named "Mayor of the Internet" by Forbes. Which is super cool.

Oh, and he's obviously a super romantic guy. He popped the question in Rome — that’s a baller move.

5. They announced their engagement on Reddit and it was so cute you’ll want to barf.

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Proving that the couple that Reddits together stays together (apparently), Sabrina and Alexis let the world know about their pending nuptials on Thursday via Reddit’s /isaidyes forum.

Serena posted:

I came home

A little late

Someone had a bag packed for me

And a carriage awaited

Destination: Rome

To escort me to my very own "charming"

Back to where our stars first collided

And now it was full circle

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



The top comment on her post came from Alexis (his Reddit name is kn0thing). He responded with “And you made me the happiest man on the planet.”


6. They have their engagement-themed Reddit avatars.

The Reddit mascot is affectionately referred to as The Snoo, so Alexis designed “Serena hearts Alexis” Snoos to accompany their engagement announcement.