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For many, paternal and maternal leave isn't in our minds until it happens, but it's a serious matter according to Alexis Ohanian (the husband of Serena Williams).

Ohanian told the New York Times"Before Olympia was born, I had never thought much about paternity leave and, to be honest, Reddit’s company policy was not my idea." 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I love my daddy

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With nearly one in four mothers giving birth and then returning to work two weeks later, and fathers not having the option to take paternal leave, there is no time for family when it's needed the most.

In late 2017, Serena had to undergo a C-section and spent days in the hospital dealing with a pulmonary embolisms. Ohanian is extremely grateful his company was one of the 9 percent that offers paid paternity leave to all male employees.

Ohanian was able to take 16 weeks of paid paternity leave, and take care of his wife and daughter without the fear of losing his job. The new father wasn't forced to choose between work and family as many others still do.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

They are always staring at me ????

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Of the 84 percent of expecting fathers that are planning on take time off, only half believe they have the support from their employers. Ohanian wants to push the paternal leave message and change the societal stereotypes that is placed on men, so that all fathers can be with their family in the most unforgettable moments. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hummm that looks yummy #wimbledon go Mommy

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Since having Olympia, Serena has come one match away three times to tie Margaret Court's record 24 Grand Slam titles. The world No. 8 is currently dealing with a back injury that forced her to retire in Toronto's final last week and to withdraw from Cincinnati a few days ago.

It's not the most ideal time to be injured, with the last major of the year just 10 days away. However, Serena still has some match-play under her belt this hard-court season. If she's able to treat her back in time for this year's US Open, the 37-year-old will always be one of the top contenders for the title. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Let the games begin!

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The US Open main draw begins August 26.