Serena Williams announced the engagement on the Reddit subthread r/isaidyes using her verified Reddit account u/serenawilliams. She wrote:
I came home
A little late
Someone had a bag packed for me
And a carriage awaited
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
Redditors have commented their congratulations and well wishes.
Williams, 35, and Ohanian, 33, have been dating since fall 2015 and have kept their relationship under the radar.
This caps off a successful year for Serena Williams, who won her 22nd grand slam title, her 7th Wimbledon title and made it to 187 consecutive weeks at number 1, equalling the records of Steffi Graf. She is currently world number 2 and has not played since a semifinal appearance at US Open in September of this year. She was battling with a knee injury at the time. She is likely to start her 2017 tennis season in Auckland in January but has not yet announced a concrete 2017 schedule. Recently, she has stated that she thinks she would be considered the greatest tennis player of all time without any question if she was a man. She has a net worth of around 150 million.
Ohanian founded the social media site Reddit in 2005 with Steve Hoffman, a college friend from the University of Virginia, where he studied history and commerce. His parents were survivors of the Armenian genocide and migrated to the United States as refugees. He has supported net neutrality and Black Girls Code, a program to encourage under-represented demographics of female and black children into computer programming. He is the author of a bestselling book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed. Ohanian has an estimated net worth of 4.5 million.