Serena Williams will not celebrate daughter’s first birthday because of Jehovah’s Witness beliefs

SERENA WILLIAMS will not celebrate her daughter's one-year-old birthday – because she is a Jehovah's Witness.

The tennis star often posts photos to social media of her family life – but there won't be any party pictures from Alexis Olympia's special day.

 Tennis star Serena Williams will not be uploading party pics to social media of daughter Olympia's first birthday - because of her religious beliefs

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Tennis star Serena Williams will not be uploading party pics to social media of daughter Olympia's first birthday – because of her religious beliefs
 Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter on September 13 last year - her first child

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Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter on September 13 last year – her first child

Williams was asked about how she would be celebrating her daughter's birthday at a press conference at the US Open.

She replied: "Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays. We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that."

Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate religious holidays such as Christmas and Easter, and do not celebrate birthdays either.

They believe that these 'festivals' have pagan origins.

 The tennis legend has revealed that her husband Alexis Ohanian has often 'taken the lead' in Jehovah's Witness upbringing

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The tennis legend has revealed that her husband Alexis Ohanian has often 'taken the lead' in Jehovah's Witness upbringing
 Alexis Ohanian described his wife Serena as the greatest of all time as a sport star, a mother and a wife

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Alexis Ohanian described his wife Serena as the greatest of all time as a sport star, a mother and a wife

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Williams married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in a lavish $1million ceremony in November last year at the New Orleans' Contemporary Arts Center.

Captioning a photo of the happy couple posted on Instagram, Ohanian wrote: "You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport–I’m talking about as a mother and as a wife."

 Serena Williams is already hitting the top of her game less than a year after giving birth to her baby daughter

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Serena Williams is already hitting the top of her game less than a year after giving birth to her baby daughter
 Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr will turn one this week - but don't be expecting to see any party pics on social media

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Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr will turn one this week – but don't be expecting to see any party pics on social media
 Serena Williams spoke last year how her Jehovah's Witness beliefs are important but that she had 'never really practiced'

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Serena Williams spoke last year how her Jehovah's Witness beliefs are important but that she had 'never really practiced'

Serena Williams' husband Alexi Ohanian uses their baby daughter Olympia as a football in brilliantly clip

And in an interview with Vogue magazine last year, 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams hinted that her husband is now practicing being her faith despite not coming from a religious upbringing.

She 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."

Serena prefers to call her daughter Olympia, and she told Vogue "we’re not spending a day apart until she’s eighteen".

 Serena Williams, pictured hugging her father Richard Williams, with sister Venus to the left, is a 23-time Grand Slam winner

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Serena Williams, pictured hugging her father Richard Williams, with sister Venus to the left, is a 23-time Grand Slam winner
 Serena Williams has already reached the Wimbledon final not long after taking time off the court to raise a family

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Serena Williams has already reached the Wimbledon final not long after taking time off the court to raise a family

Her husband, Alexis Ohanian is based in San Francisco and Williams admitted she found the idea of moving there and being a full time mum attractive.

However, she stated: "But not yet. I absolutely want more Grand Slams."

Serena has reached the final of Wimbledon in her first appearance at SW19 since becoming a mother.

She is currently competing in the US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

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SERENA WILLIAMS will not celebrate her daughter's one-year-old birthday – because she is a Jehovah's Witness.