My dad backed out of my wedding by text - Serena

Paola Ditto
Mag 18, 2018

"He was in New Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited", she told VOGUE.

But I suppose if you've won 23 grand slam titles by yourself, you're not going to be nervous about a wedding detail gone awry. There's no one that loves tennis more than him.

An hour before the wedding, "he wrote me and said: Serena, I don't want you to be mad at me, but I just can't walk you down the aisle".

I want Olympia to see that her mom is pretty good at what she did.' She also described her wedding day as one of the best days in life, 'one of the best days of my entire life, nowhere near a tennis court - getting married to an unbelievable, handsome, slightly nerdy, but brilliant man, and doing it with some company', she said referring to her daughter Olympia. "And if he doesn't want to be up there in front of a lot of people, I completely understand", she said in the documentary. 'No, not even close, and I know that.

Maybe a lot of daughters wouldn't react the same way, but I know the struggles he's had these last few yearsSerena Williams - sound as a pound!

Serena is expected to attend tomorrow's ceremony in Windsor after pulling out from a set of tournaments.

On Wednesday's (16May18) episode of her documentary series Being Serena, the athlete revealed that Richard was due to walk her down the aisle, but pulled out at the last minute.

Just days before Serena's victory at Wimbledon in 2016, Mr Williams had a stroke leaving him with slight memory loss. Although he's healthier now, he doesn't feel like himself and doesn't feel like he's "perfect".

The tennis star tied the knot with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans, Louisiana in November (17), and her father and longtime coach Richard was notably absent from the publicised wedding photographs.

Turns out "Royal Bride" Meghan Markle isn't the only bride with wedding-related daddy drama! "Our family knows what we have", Serena shared.

She continued: 'We just want each other to be happy. "That's what matters. I don't think anything could ever change that".

Serena, who is a doting mother to daughter Alexis Olympia, ended up walking down the aisle alone.

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