Serena Williams Instagram Serena Williams and daughter Olympia
Serena Williams shares insight on whether her little girl could follow in her footsteps as a tennis star.
Appears on CBS News Person to Person with Norah O’Donnell earlier this week, Williams revealed that her 5-year-old daughter Olympia “doesn’t really like playing tennis too much.”
“It’s a bit disappointing for me, but she’s actually very good at it,” she told host Norah O’Donnell. “So we’re trying to find a way to get her to play a little bit.”
“Maybe I can push her into tennis by getting other kids to have a group lesson, I think that’s what I’m going to do,” she said later.
Williams, who shares Olympia with husband Alexis Ohanian, has been able to spend more time with her daughter after announcing in August that she was retiring from the game.
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She appeared on PEOPLE every day podcast in December and told host Janine Rubenstein that Olympia is “very aware” that her mother is no longer committed to an intense training schedule and is trying to make the most of her newfound free time.
“She wants to make sure of that I am realizing I should have time for myself and I need to spend more time with her,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion said, laughing.
“I’m always like, ‘Olympia, I’m not working now.’ She says, “Yeah, you don’t play tennis!” She says “Yes!” And I don’t really know how to feel!”
In 2021, Williams chatted with PEOPLE about signing up at Olympia for tennis lessons.
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“Honestly, we started because it’s a socially safe sport, and when COVID happened, it was like, we’re just in the house with a 3-year-old, what do we do?” Williams said. “There was only one answer, to my dismay.”
Williams went into “tennis mom” mode before Olympia’s first lesson, she posted on Instagram at the time, joking that the instructor “has no idea it’s my daughter, so we’ll see how it goes.”
“I’m not a pushy mom, but I know how I like techniques, I want to make sure she’s good at teaching Olympia some techniques,” she added.