“I said Yes,” reads tennis superstar Serena Williams’ post on Reddit. After dating co-founder of the website, which claims to be ‘the front page of the internet’, Williams is all set to tie the knot with Alexis Ohanian. The world number one player announced her engagement to Ohanian on the discussion website along with a drawing of Snoo (the site’s mascot) dressed as Ohanian kneeling with a diamond in his hand and a female Snoo, styled after Wiliams. Also Read - Reddit Talk the Clubhouse-like audio product launched for subreddit community
The ‘Future Mrs Kn0thing’ titled drawing is followed by Williams declaration of love for Ohanian, who goes by the handle – Kn0thing. “I came home / A little late / Someone had a bag packed for me / And a carriage awaited/ Destination: Rome / To escort me to my very own “charming” / Back to where our stars first collided / And now it was full circle / At the same table we first met by chance / This time he made it not by chance / But by choice/ Down on one knee/ He said 4 words / And / r/isaidyes”. To which, Kn0thing replied, “And you made me the happiest man on the planet.” Interestingly, the drawing has been made by Ohanian on Williams’ request. Also Read - GameStop rescued from short sellers thanks to the Internet: Here's what happened
According to media reports, the two have been dating since 2015 when Williams and Ohanian met at a lunch and it was “love at first sight.” A spokeswoman for Williams, Kelly Bush Novak, said that a wedding date has not been set. She further added that the two have known each other for some time before they started dating each other last fall, The New York Times reports.
Meanwhile, Ohanian also shared the news on his Facebook page. Following the announcement, the ace tennis player has been swarmed with congratulatory messages. Her Reddit post itself has received over 22.2K upvotes while Ohanian has been liked/reacted to by over 6.1K users.
One of the comments on Ohanian’s post read, “Mucho congrats and best wishes for a blissful lifetime doubles match,” to which the bestselling author for ‘Without Their Permission,’ replied, “Never even picked up a racket…. but if that’s a metaphor, yes, absolutely!” For redditors, the announcement of a secret proposal in Rome and its acceptance is like a collective invitation to the entire Reddit community. One user posted, “Everyone on reddit is automatically invited.”
While Williams has been a world renowned tennis star player, Ohanian has been significantly lesser known by the general population. However, he has risen to the top of his field since starting Reddit 11 years ago.