Serena Williams’ Husband Alexis Ohanian Takes a Break From Cheerleading at US Open

The tennis star's husband leads by example in advocating for work-life balance.

Alexis Ohanian
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s top priority this summer is supporting his wife Serena Williams during the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Karwai Tang/Getty Images

Reddit co-founder-turned-venture capitalist Alexis Ohanian, the husband of tennis superstar Serena Williams, is a vocal critic of Silicon Valley’s workaholic culture and leads by example in promoting a healthy work-life balance.

Right now, Ohanian’s top priority is cheering on his wife in the ongoing U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York. But when time has permitted, the entrepreneur and investor has still tried to attend to his own business.

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After Williams’ overwhelming victory over China’s Wang Qiang in the quarterfinal on Tuesday night—which was also Williams’ 100th win at the U.S. Open—Ohanian took a brief break from the tournament on Wednesday to attend a business event in Boston.

Speaking at this year’s Inbound conference, Ohanian took the opportunity to once again spread his message about balancing work and family.

“It’s a farce for companies to think there’s family life over here and work life over there,” he told a room of business owners and professionals. “The culture of corporate value and paid family leave can start to change right now.”

Thursday night, Williams is set to play against Ukrainian player Elina Svitolina for a ticket to the final match this weekend. Tonight’s match will be Williams’ 13th semifinal in the U.S. tournament.

Last Tuesday, during Williams’ face-off with her longtime rival Maria Sharapova, Ohanian was seen showing off a “D.A.R.E” shirt from the audience in the middle of the match. The shirt was apparently a smug reference to Sharapova’s two-year drug ban from 2016 to 2017.

Serena Williams’ Husband Alexis Ohanian Takes a Break From Cheerleading at US Open