Serena Williams' new Gatorade commercial raised questions when viewers noticed the infant in Serena's arms is not her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr.

Serena's rep confirmed the baby in the commercial is not Alexis Jr.

via -- In an email sent to AdAge, a spokesperson explained that “While Serena intended to have Olympia make her screen debut as part of this film, her daughter was under the weather and unable to be on set, but the sentiment remains the same.”

Williams didn’t refer to the stand-in baby, but she did share a photo from the commercial with the caption: “There are so many reasons to quit, but even more to keep playing. Even if you don’t go pro, sports can teach you so much. So keep playing.”


  • Mrs Mary

    SHe doesn't owe ANYONE an wasn't about her child it was about the message!

  • Ni Ni

    Meh - big deal.

  • Rayne

    Man ion care. This was the wedding of the century huh? ????

  • jrock

    No, it was not the wedding of the century. Not even in the top 1,000 weddings of the century. But the after party looked all the way lit with Bell Biv DeVoe.

  • JRock

    I reckon you've got a point.

  • Angela Flowers

    I saw Wendy on T.V. earlier "covering" the pic with Kim, Kelly, Beyonce, Lala, and Ciara at the wedding. She named everyone in the pic but pointed at Ciara and said she didn't know who that was lol. What's their beef?

  • V Dubb

    Saw that too...but I don't think it was anything you know Wendy's ass can't see hell. Later on when they did the fashion piece she said her name and gave her compliments.

  • Angela Flowers

    It clearly looked like shade though how she pointed up and said it. If I knew it was Ciara, Wendy knew it was Ciara lol. She didn't have a choice but to acknowledge her during that fashion piece because of her guest .

  • SandraRose

    Wendy was low key saying Ciara had a LOT of work done.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Sandra can we get a story on Diana Ross's grandson, Raif, dancing at the music award show, pleaaaaaase!!!

  • i troll it like i see it

    What's the problem with this? So they had a little actress make her first commercial instead of using the spokespersons real family? They really didn't need to provide an explanation, and damn it if people aren't observant as hell!

  • V Dubb

    You thought so???.....I guess I was oblivious then. Lawd

  • V Dubb

    So true. Ciara has beef with many...hopefully she is making amends with folks.

  • hottlanta

    Weddings are not competition as to who had the best they are all different. When I am at work on my lunch break I look at wedding videos and I laugh and I admire the love. I saw one where they got married on the front porch, all the neighbors came, dog barking all over the place until someone said go shut that dog up show some respect. I was loving it. It was good to just see people love each other enough to get married. I am all about that love thang.

  • Long Locs

    Maybe momma read the FINE PRINT on that contract and said "hell to the no! You won't own my childs image forever!" This is nothing to criticize her about probably just protecting the munchkin.

  • Django the God

    So the key here is, that message wasn't really for her daughter.

    That baby is sleep, with a racquet in her hand--right now.

  • Not Down With The BS

    Why would this even be an issue? My question is why did LeBron not do a commercial with his real family? Maybe he didn't want to expose his own children, as well. No clue.

  • JRock

    I'm not buying Serena's excuse. She's beginning to come off as a fake evangelist from the corner of 14th and U Street or something or ruther.

    If the baby was under the weather either leave the baby out of the ad/commercial or wait until she was well. Now she putting her baby in the midst of her lies?

    FYI Serena. Don't come for anyone in the future about spreading lies about your daughter because you already started the lies yourself and set the path. You should understand or will learn how hard it is on kids poor or rich to be the subject of gossip and the turmoil that follows because of lies.

    Grown woman talk girlfriend. Grow the hell up, Serena. Your marriage apparently still did not make you a woman.

  • V Dubb

    Good point!!!

  • Jen_no_juice

    No explanation needed Serena. If you don't want YOUR child to be in the commercial because she didn't feel well, didn't like the contract, didn't want to expose YOUR child to all those folks, etc it's your right as the mother

  • JRock

    Clearly, Ciara has had a BUNCH of plastic surgery done. If you look at pictures of Ciara from anywhere from 3 to 7 years ago and you see that honker of a nose you will see it. They say an eagle, an owl and a vulture are great hunters because of their noses. Welp, so is Ciara's former nose. And she did something with her lips too. Previously she had a small upper lip and and a McDonald's super size burger sized bottom lip but after the surgery the bottom lip doesn't seem to be much of a blubber lip like it was before.

    Some people who have work done on their face is subtle. Not Ciara's. Her numerous plastic surgeries are like WOW. She almost doesn't look like the same person if you look at old pictures before the plastic surgeries compared to now.


    Good luck to Serena ... Well I like the latest Tennis Champ Sloane Stephens... She has such a lovely attitude and doesnt seem so needy for so much attention.

  • NeverSurprised

    Thank you. I will never understand this newfangled social construct where people feel compelled to explain all of their PERSONAL life decisions to the entire world.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    who gives a damn?

  • Dr.Rue

    Because she wanted to...gosh leave Serena alone.

  • Dr.Rue

    It's not that serious boo.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    What u know 'bout 14th & U??

  • T3


  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ???? Chile... who cares

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Right becaus I truly dont!

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Being married makes you a real woman. hmmm interesting

  • Allihave2say

    It's so unfortunate that people are focused on the messenger's baby and not the beauty of the message.

    If there was anything else for them to focus on other than the beauty of her message, it should have been her eyebrows.

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    Exactly sounds like somebody mad lol

  • speakinmymind

    How old are you?


  • Faithz

    Alrighty then...

  • Indies beauty

    Black women are always under scrutiny. There wasn't a problem to begin with.

  • Rayne

    I didn't think so either.

  • Guess Who

    .....are U ok?

  • Dowoop

    I dont understand why they feel she was obligated to use her baby.

  • Dowoop

    Thats a step up from they usually look.

  • Dowoop

    Where did she say that was her baby in the video?

  • bella28498 .

    I seen nothing wrong......

  • Indies beauty

    You and I both.

  • Faithz

    Great Message in the Ad.

  • free

    serena been showing that baby so much the baby probably asked for a break.

  • Simone

    Damm people are very observant. Who cares

  • darealwifey

    Right! lol

  • Insane are u healed

    Up load that many photos after birth.

  • L. Thompson

    Get help

  • whodatthere

    I swear this man woman is getting on my nerves... no body is checking for you or junior. She will be divorced in

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  • Ebony N’ Sweet

    I don't see nothing wrong with using a body double lol... It's acting

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Her concern is supposed to be with her sick infant and keeping her home, what's wrong with that?

  • Nicolep

    They got the baby's color right!

  • Trace da Ace

    i mean...and? she used a baby body double....I dont blame her....I would not want my infant baby being germed on by everybody wanting to touch and hold her....NO BUENO!

  • Liah

    It called no life!!!...SMDH!

  • Pnthr

    Her baby is barely 3 months old and sick already? Maybe stop travelling all over the place with a newborn.

  • Guess Who

    ..she said her baby was under the weather...folks do know that babies have little to no immune system when they're that small, right? They get sick very easily. Excuse the fuk out of her for NOT wanted to subject her probably fussy baby (due to illness) to do a damn commercial that could take ALL day to film. I am far from a Serena stan but come on, now.

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  • Karen Brady

    *Yawns*...her biz, her choice..why do we need an explanation? Oh that's right, we don't.

  • Lolly Asher

    No biggie about the baby actor but most people who see the ad will assume it is her baby so the deception er acting will still serve its purpose.

  • Allihave2say

    You ain't right!! You just ain't right! LOL.

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    Great name for her baby.