Behind The Scenes Of Serena Williams Love Story

Behind The Scenes Of Serena Williams Love Story

What exactly happened between Serena Williams and Drake? And how did the record-breaking tennis player meet her current husband? Here’s Serena’s relationship timeline.

LaVar Arrington

Serena Williams first rumored relationship in the public eye dates way back to 2000, when she was first linked to an NFL football player named LaVar Arrington.

Arrington was a linebacker for the Washington Redskins, and at the time his athletic prowess rivaled the tennis star’s.

It wasn’t until September 2001 that romance rumors really started to swirl, when he was spotted at the U.S. Open cheering for Williams for the 2nd year in a row. But just 2 months later, while speaking to The Washington Post in December, Arrington shut down the speculation, responding firmly,

“No she is not my girlfriend, just my friend.”

Brett Ratner

Serena Williams dated Brett Ratner – best known……for directing blockbuster films like X-Men, Rush Hour, and Horrible Bosses. Although the pairing of sports and Hollywood was definitely strange, their relationship was serious enough that Ratner was included in Williams’ professional life.

The Williams sisters starred on an ABC family reality show in 2005 called Venus and Serena: For Real, and Ratner showed up a few times as Serena’s boyfriend. The couple reportedly continued to date through 2006.

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Serena Williams was linked to musician Common. They reportedly dated for over 2 years, and were spotted together in 2008 holding hands in Miami. In 2015, Common opened up about his relationship with Williams, even revealing who ended things while speaking to host Meredith Vieira on The Meredith Vieira Show. He told Viera that Williams initiated the breakup, but added that the 2 were still friends.

Grigor Dimitrov

Back in the early 2010s, Williams was widely rumored to be dating fellow tennis star Grigor Dimitrov.

The Bulgarian tennis player and Williams never confirmed a romantic relationship, but rumors started when the athletes were seen practicing together that year.

The proof that the athletes may have been more than friends would come later when Williams was asked to talk about Dimitrov’s newest flame, Maria Sharapova, who also happened to be one of her biggest tennis rivals.

In a profile for Rolling Stone in 2013, shortly after Dimitrov and Sharapova were confirmed to be an item, Williams seemed to make reference to their relationship. When Venus Williams called her younger sister in the middle of the interview and the 2 started chatting, the outlet reported that the tennis icon didn’t mince words about a certain “top 5 player,” whom they alleged to be Sharapova. They reported Serena said,

“There are people who live, breathe, and dress tennis. I mean, seriously, give it a rest. She begins every interview with ‘I’m so happy. I’m so lucky’ — it’s so boring. {…} And, hey, if she wants to be with the guy with a black heart, go for it.”


In a fitting pairing, one of the best athletes in the world, Serena Williams, was once linked to one of the most famous rappers in the world, Drake. Their relationship first made headlines when Drake sat courtside in 2011 to watch one of her matches, which was quickly followed by a suggestive tweet from the rapper that read,

“@serenawilliams I cannot wait to put it on you and make you sweat […..] during our match this weekend.”

The 2 were rumored to have a brief fling in 2012, but it wasn’t until 2015 that they really sparked romance rumors. That year Drake was proudly in attendance as Williams won one of the most famous tennis championships in the world, Wimbledon. He also showed up to support her at various other tennis matches.

As suddenly as their romance blossomed, it seemed to fizzle out just as quickly. The pair went their separate ways, with Williams making it official with her future husband,

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Patrick Mouratoglou

Alexis Ohanian, later that year. World-renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou started coaching Serena Williams in 2012.

The pair made an amazing team for a decade until 2022, when Williams decided to take a break from the sport. And as they worked together so closely, rumors swirled that they were an item throughout the first few years. In 2013, Williams’ rival Maria Sharapova seemed to reference their relationship in an interview with The Guardian.

The outlet reported that Sharapova, angry about Williams’ jabs in Rolling Stone, said, “If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has kids.”

In response, Mouratoglou refused to confirm the romance, stating,

“My role is to think about tennis and to help Serena be the best she can be and do what she wants to achieve. I’m just here for tennis.”

Suspicion of their romance continued through 2015, when, after her win at Wimbledon, Williams posted numerous photos with Mouratoglou to her Instagram, along with a shoutout in the caption that read,

“So happy @patrickmouratoglou could make this #Wimbledon dinner. He missed the last.
Thanks Patrick for your perseverance and non stop belief and faith in me.”

The rumors would be put to rest later that year when she started dating her future husband, Alexis Ohanian. When it comes to Serena Williams’ one true love,

Alexis Ohanian

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, their romance started with a pretty endearing meet-cute. Williams reflected on their first meeting in a 2017 Vanity Fair interview, revealing that they crossed paths at a hotel in Rome in 2015 when he sat next to her at breakfast. Williams told the publication,

“This big guy comes and he just plops down at the table next to us, and I’m like, ‘Huh! All these tables and he’s sitting here?'” “When I met Alexis, I don’t know how I knew, but I knew that I had met my husband.”

She told the outlet their first date was in Paris, France, and that it included a trip to the Eiffel Tower. By that September, Ohanian was in the stands cheering her on at the US Open. Williams announced their engagement in December 2016, and welcomed the couple’s first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, in September 2017. 2 months later, they made things official and wed in a luxurious New Orleans wedding ceremony.

Most recently, the happy couple welcomed another member to their family, daughter Adira River Ohanian, in August 2023. Williams opened up to The New York Times about the perfect match she found in Ohanian, sharing,

“I’m an athlete. He’s a business guy. I’m Black. He’s White. We are totally opposite. I think we just complement each other. I think we understand hard work in different ways.”

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