It was a star-studded crowd watching Serena Williams‘ first-round match against Danka Kovinic at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, but one of the more bizarre celebrity sightings saw the former president bill clinton and sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer sit side by side.
The couple could be seen chatting animatedly to each other and appeared to be engaged in a deep conversation.
Once upon a time, 94-year-old Dr. Ruth seen playfully slapping the former president, 76, in the face.
The former president leaned forward eagerly as it appeared the famous German-American sex therapist and talk show host would offer Clinton some advice.
Shortly thereafter, Clinton’s face turned red.
Former President Bill Clinton (center) and Ruth Westheimer (right) watch the match between Serena Williams of the United States and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro during the first round of the US Open tennis championships Monday in New York
President Bill Clinton and Dr. Ruth Westheimer sat side by side at the US Open, which caught the attention of tennis commentators
The couple could be seen chatting animatedly while Mr. Clinton leaned forward
The unusual seat pairing caught the attention of commentators from ESPN, including John McEnroe and Chrissie Evert.
“Who knows what they’re talking about?” McEnroe laughed.
“They’re really into a kind … She’s giving him advice,” added co-host Chris Evert. ‘She only gave him one piece of advice. Yeah, “You shouldn’t do that.”
‘Why is his face getting redder?’ McEnroe then joked.
Once upon a time, 94-year-old Dr. Ruth seen playfully slapping the former president, 76, in the face
dr Ruth appeared to offer some very useful advice to the former President
The former president could only lean as he took in the juicy conversation
Former President Bill Clinton (left) and Ruth Westheimer could be seen watching the action from their seats
The sighting prompted a flurry of comedic reactions on social media.
“So he’s with his therapist,” Michael wrote.
“Bill and Dr. Ruth…didn’t see this coming…or did we,” Alice McGuin asked.
“He said, ‘Let’s just say the cigar wasn’t Cuban,'” joked another, referring to the Monica Lewinsky affair.
“I want to be a fly in their conversation…” wrote Laffy Taffy.
“If that conversation had happened about 30 years earlier…” added Brian Keith Jackson.
The sighting prompted a flurry of comedic reactions on social media
dr Ruth Westheimer appeared to be in high spirits as she arrived at the US Open on Monday
In addition to Clinton and Dr. Ruth, Vera Wang, Mike Tyson, Hugh Jackman and Anna Wintour were also in attendance to watch Serena Williams start her recent US Open with an easy win over Danka Kovinic.
Anthony Anderson, Huma Abedin, Spike Lee, Rebel Wilson, Lindsey Vonn and New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor were in attendance, as was Mayor Eric Adams.
Having previously announced her intention to “evolve” (don’t say “retire”) from tennis after this year’s US Open, Williams beat first-round opponent Kovinic 6-3, 6-3 in Queens on Monday night.
Williams could not have chosen a better place to say goodbye than Flushing, where she has won six singles titles and two doubles crowns in front of New York celebrities, many of whom were seen sitting together on Monday night.
Tyson was alongside retired tennis legend Martina Navratilova and her well-behaved lap dog. Serena’s billionaire husband Alexis Ohanian was pictured alongside one of the biggest celebrities of the night, the couple’s four-year-old daughter Olympia.
nna Wintour watches ahead of Monday’s game between Serena Williams and Montenegro’s Danika Kovinic in Queens
Actor Hugh Jackman (C) watches as Serena Williams plays in their first round match against Danka Kovinic of Montenegro
Gayle King, center, is seated alongside New York City Mayor Eric Adams, center right, and New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (bottom right), all seated at Serena Williams’ game in Queens Monday night
Mike Tyson was spotted alongside retired tennis legend Martina Navratilova and her well-behaved lap dog
Serena’s husband Alexis Ohanian sat next to one of the biggest celebrities of the night, the couple’s daughter Olympia
“The crowd went crazy,” Williams said during her post-game ceremony. “They really helped me get through. I was really pumped up, like, “Yeah, I got that.”
“I just want people to think about how hard you try,” Williams continued, speaking to CBS’ Gayle King. “It’s so important to give it your all, no matter what you’re doing, no matter how many obstacles you face. I’ve been out in public so many times and I needed to come back but never give up.
“It sounds cliche, but no matter what you’re going through, I just want people to be inspired by my story. I’m from Compton, California and I made it.”
Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic on Monday night in New York
In her first match at what is expected to be the last US Open – and final tournament – of her remarkable playing career, Williams overcame a shaky start and overpowered Kovinic in straight sets.
Williams wasn’t at his best early on. There were double faults. Other missed beats, missed opportunities. She took a 2-0 lead but then quickly fell back 3-2. Then suddenly, less than a month after turning 41, Williams looked a lot more like someone with six championships at Flushing Meadows and a total of 23 Grand Slam titles — numbers that started in tennis’ professional era, which began in 1968 have not been surpassed to anyone .
She rolled through the end of that opening set and crowned it with a service winner, to which she responded with clenched fists and her trademark yell, “Come on!”
The more than 23,000 in attendance rose to a thunderous standing ovation – and did so again when the 1 hour and 40 minute competition was over, celebrating as if another trophy had been won.
People hold up signs that read ‘We love you Serena’ during a ceremony following her first-round victory at the US Open