22.01.2022

Serena Williams Signed Olympia, 3, Up For Tennis Lessons, and They Have Matching Rackets

Just like her mama, 3-year-old Olympia Ohanian is hitting the court with a racket in hand, ready to take on the tennis world. On her Instagram Stories on Friday, Serena shared a clip announcing that she’d signed Olympia up for her first round of tennis lessons with one catch: she didn’t tell the instructor who she was.

“I signed Olympia up for tennis lessons,” Serena said. “Don’t start with me because I’m not giving her tennis lessons, but I signed her up for some . . . But the lady has no idea that it’s my daughter, so we’ll see how that goes.”

Ahead of the lesson, Serena also showed off Olympia’s adorable new tennis racket, which matches her own, and shared a clip of the two of them watching tennis matches. When it came time to drop Olympia off, Serena made sure to wear her “tennis mom” outfit, and I can only imagine what the instructor’s face must have looked like when she realized that her new student’s mom is a tennis icon.

“So she’s at her tennis lesson, but I’m gonna leave so I’m not distracting,” Serena said. “I know how to leave. I’m not, like, an overprotective mom, no matter what Alexis says . . . I’m not a pushy mom, but I know how I like technique. So I’ll make sure she’s good at teaching Olympia some techniques.”

Take a look at Serena and Olympia’s day of tennis-filled fun and check out their Wimbledon-worthy outfits here.

Nya Reed Performed a Near-Perfect Floor Routine With “Equality” Stamped on Her Leg

Florida Gators junior Nya Reed came into her team’s gymnastics competition against the University of Georgia on Jan. 15 with a clear message. She and four other athletes knelt for the national anthem, and she personally chose to stamp “#equality” on the back of her leg. Athletes, according to the University of Florida, will take part in this demonstration throughout the season.

“Everyday POC are faced with social inequality,” Reed said in a statement posted to social media. “I wear ‘equality’ in black on my leg because it’s more than just fixing mistreatment of ethnic groups who differ from the white societal view. It starts with shedding light on the inequalities in education, wage gaps, incarceration, immigration, name calling, and opportunities.”

Showcasing that phrase on her skin, Reed scored a near-perfect 9.975 for her outstanding floor routine. The choreography and music are all kinds of fun, the tumbling is powerful (the height on that opening double layout is downright impressive), and Reed makes you want to both dance (even if you’re rather bad at it) and stand up for causes bigger than yourself.

Reed was dubbed SEC Specialist Gymnast of the Week for the second time since the recent start of the 2021 season. Check out photos from the Jan. 15 competition specifically ahead, as well as more footage of Reed’s grade-A floor routine – we’ve hit play a number of times already.

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