Alexis Ohanian is in England, supporting his wife, Serena Williams, as she takes on Eastborne Tournament. During his stay, he stumbled into Malala Yousafzai twice, which he thinks is a little bit of fate.
Ohanian wrote about the moment in his Twitter account. “Yoooooo I just bumped into Malala for the second time in a week and I am convinced we’re going to do something together,” he wrote, tagging the 776 Foundation, a program that works towards raising funds for the protection of future generations against the harms of global warming and climate change.
Yousafzai replied to his tweet, opening up the door to their future collaboration. “So nice to see you again! Meeting twice a week is definitely a sign of something special happening soon. I think I have a few ideas!” she wrote. Ohanian replied, “Absolutely the universe at work. I’m gonna send some ideas.”
Serena Williams’ performance at Eastbourne has had high expectations, following a long break from the sport. Considered her tune-up for Wimbledon, Williams was paired with Ons Jabeur and had a couple of good performances before Jabeur departed the tournament due to an injury.
“I feel good, as good as one can feel after having such a long time off,” said Williams following one of her games. “It was actually good match play and match practice, which is exactly what I needed and what I wanted to do coming here, so I couldn’t have asked for more.”
Ohanian is the co-founder of Reddit. In an interview with Stephen Colbert, he explained how him and Williams met, and why the two made such a good couple, including the fact that they were “total nerds.” Ohanian shared that they met in Italy and that he was having coffee outdoors when an Australian man, who was a part of William’s team, told him that there was a rat near where he was sitting. Alexis said, “I’m from Brooklyn, I see rats all the time,” prompting Serena to turn around and ask him if he really wasn’t scared of rats. The two got to know each other then, with Williams asking him what he did and him explaining that he was one of the founders of Reddit, one of the biggest websites in the world. “Reddit?” Serena asked. “Never heard of it.”