"I don't have the patience to teach tennis" - Serena Williams on enrolling her daughter in tennis lessons
Serena Williams may be legendary on the tennis court, but the former World No.1 has admitted she is not the best when it comes to training others in the sport.
Considering she's arguably the Greatest of all time, the 23-time Grand Slam champion revealed she didn't want her four-year old daughter's tennis coach to know who she was.
Appearing on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ on Monday, she said of her little girl’s skills on the court: “Her ambition is playing princess games.”
The host quipped: “You enrolled her in tennis classes with a coach but you did not tell the coach that you were the mother?”
“I don’t have the patience to teach tennis,” Williams replied. “It drives me nuts."
Meanwhile, Williams recently admitted she didn’t feel any connection with her daughter during her pregnancy. Furthermore, she disclosed that she didn’t form a bond with her baby girl until the day she was born.
“I was nervous about meeting my baby,” Williams explained in a personal essay for Elle. “Throughout my pregnancy, I’d never felt a connection with her. While I loved being pregnant, I didn’t have that amazing ‘Oh my God, this is my baby’ moment, ever. It’s something people don’t usually talk about, because we’re supposed to be in love from the first second.
“Yes, I was a lioness who would protect her baby at any cost, but I wasn’t gushing over her. I kept waiting to feel like I knew her during pregnancy, but the feeling never came. Some of my mom friends told me they didn’t feel the connection in the womb either, which made me feel better, but still, I longed for it.”
However, the Olympic gold medalist – married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian – added: “When I finally saw her – and I just knew it was going to be a girl, that was one thing I knew about her before we even had it confirmed – I loved her right away. It wasn’t exactly instantaneous, but it was there, and from that seed, it grew.”