Serena Williams has royal-status support at the US Open with bestie Meghan Markle in the stands.
Markle sat in Williams’ guest box at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday along with the athlete’s husband, Alexis Ohanian, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour. The 38-year-old royal kept it casual in a denim dress and grey sweater with her hair down.
She arrived stateside on Friday and popped into a Manhattan yoga class to beat the jet lag.
Although there was concern that buzz of Markle’s presence may be distracting to the tennis icon, Williams’ coach assured The Post on Friday that she’s very focused before facing off against 19-year-old Canadian player Bianca Andreescu.
“There will be 22,000 people in the stadium, 23,000, actually. One more or less won’t change a thing,” Patrick Mouratoglou said.
According ESPN reporter D’Arcy Maine, stars including the Gigi and Bella Hadid, Olympian Aly Raisman, Spike Lee, Taraji Henson, Andy Cohen, and Taye Diggs were also in Williams VIP box. Gigi also cheered on the tennis pro earlier this week.
It has also been reported that Markle’s motives for heading to the US Open may be to do some damage control after sparking outrage over her use of a private jet for a family vacation this summer and the drama she caused by banning people from snapping photos of her at Wimbledon.
“She’s coming after the scandal over people taking photos of her at Wimbledon this summer and will come with at least two police protection officers,” a source told Page Six this week, “but they won’t be able to stop gawkers from taking photos.”
At the British tennis match, where she was joined by sister-in-law Kate Middleton and Pippa Middleton, she had originally insisted that she not be photographed.
Markle first met Williams at the Super Bowl in Miami in 2010. Fast forward to 2019, the two are both new mothers — with Williams even helping to plan Markle’s glam baby shower.