Serena Williams tied the knot with Alexis Ohanian, but she had her fair share of star-studded romances before settling down with the Reddit founder. Before meeting the love of her life, the tennis player dated a few rappers and was even linked to one of her coaches. Get all the details of her dating history ahead.
1 Grigor Dimitrov: US tennis star Serena Williams was rumored to be Grigor Dimitrov’s girlfriend in 2012. Williams has been a World No. 1 on eight separate occasions, one of which she has held for 319 weeks. She is the winner of the most number of singles titles- by a man or a woman- in open era.
Although there have been no confirmed reports, Williams and Dimitrov were known to have been dating for a short period of time in 2012; and tennis great, Maria Sharapova who later dated Grigor Dimitrov confirmed it.
2 Patrick Mouratoglou: The tennis player reportedly started dating her coach in September 2012. While they never confirmed their romance, they did couple up for various events during their nearly three-year relationship. Today during a Wimbledon press conference, tennis pro Maria Sharapova responded to seething comments Serena Williams made about her in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Sharapova called Serena the “homewrecker” and said Serena needs to mind her own beeswax and maybe avoid dating men like her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, who ended his marriage to Clarisse Mourataglou following his affair with Serena Williams.
3 Brett Ratner: In 2006, Brett Ratner and Serena Williams was making the rounds online following sexual-misconduct allegations against him. Serena dated the director from 2004 to 2006. What’s true is that Serena Williams and Ratner reportedly dated from 2004 until 2006. The tennis star complains in the video that the director doesn’t spend enough time with her and showed up for just one overnight.
In the 90-second clip, Ratner and Williams, his girlfriend at the time, appear to be arguing over issues they’ve been having with their long-distance relationship while they watch a tennis match her sister is playing in. Ratner is physically affectionate and touches Williams throughout the video, even though Williams does not appear to enjoy it.
“Give me some love,” Ratner says as he continues to touch her. “Show me that you care.” A seemingly frustrated Williams eventually asks Ratner if he can just watch her sister play and says he’s “being very disturbing.”
4. Amar’e Stoudemire: The former basketball player briefly dated Serena Williams in 2010.Serena Williams started dating NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, who was renowned for his playboy status.The romance between the two athletes didn’t last more than a couple of months however, with both of them eventually moving on without hard feelings.
5. Common: Common and Serena Williams dated
Serena and the rapper had an off and on relationship from 2007 to 2010. They first sparked dating rumors when she appeared in his music video for “I Want You.” They briefly split in 2010, before reconciling two months later.
Even though they eventually broke up for good later that year, Common has had nothing but kind things to say about his ex.
6. Drake: Serena Williams and Drake relationship Rumours of a romance trailed them, despite their claims there was nothing more than friendship between them.
Drake, however, did not help matters as he constantly posted his support for the tennis superstar on social media, claiming he had fallen in love with tennis because of her.
Serena and the rapper first sparked romance rumors in 2011 but seemed to confirm their relationship by locking lips in August 2015. He was even spotted attending a few of her matches. Drake and Serena Williams spotted kissing at the restaurant
They split sometime later that year when it was confirmed that she was dating Alexis. His song “Nothings Into Somethings” is rumored to be about Serena and how she moved on with Alexis after their relationship.
7. Serena Williams dated Alexis Ohanian:Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian first met in Rome in 2015 while staying at the same hotel. In December 2016, Alexis brought Serena back to the place where they first met to propose and a month later, the couple discovered they were pregnant.
They welcomed a daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on September 1, 2017