Serena Williams on why she will not celebrate her daughter’s first birthday as a Jehovah’s Witness

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Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., Serena Williams’ daughter, turns 1 this week but her mother will not celebrate her birthday.

The tennis legend has affirmed that she will not be celebrating her baby girl’s first birthday, due to her beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness. She made this known while speaking at a press conference at the US Open.

A reporter asked Serena: “Is there a birthday party planned?”

And Serena replied: “Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays. We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that.”

Though Serena’s husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, did not grow up in a religious household, it is believed that he is now practising with his wife.

Speaking to Vogue last year, Serena said: “Being a Jehovah’s Witness is important to me, but I’ve never really practiced it and have been wanting to get into it. Alexis didn’t grow up going to any church, but he’s really receptive and even takes the lead. He puts my needs first.”

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