• Serena Williams is rich..
  • ...and the ATM knows it
  • THIS is her funny anecdote

In an episode that sounds straight out of a sitcom, Serena Williams, the tennis powerhouse, shared a laugh-out-loud moment from her early days of fame. Picture this: a world-renowned athlete trying to deposit her first $1 million check... through a drive-thru ATM! Yes, you read that right.

From Serious Competitor to Loving Mom

Williams recounted this priceless episode on the spicy talk show 'Hot Ones', proving that even global superstars face everyday hiccups.

Serena, known for her fierce dedication on the court, revealed a lighter side during her chat with Sean Evans. "I never really spent a lot of money. I was just so serious," she confessed. But her attempt to bank her massive check in the most down-to-earth way imaginable left the teller baffled and Serena with a memorable anecdote.

"So I just went to the drive through, and the guy was like, 'Uh, I think you need to come inside for this,’" she said, before chalking the incident up to being one of life’s many "lessons to learn."

"I never played for money. I played because I loved the sport. I wanted to be the best. I wanted to win. I didn't even know at the time if I wanted to be the best. I just wanted to win," the retired athlete said.

"My tax guy, he would be like, 'You didn't get your money,' and I was like, 'You didn't get your money,' and I would be like, 'Oh, I didn't get that one in Zurich, I forgot that one in Moscow.' I was just playing to win, and if I didn't win, I was just not thinking,” she continued. “I was just so angry I wanted to just figure out a way to get better and win the next time."

During the interview, where the host and guest eat chicken wings that progressively get spicier, Williams also reflected on her early career, sharing that she played purely for the love of the sport, often forgetting about her prize money.

Reflecting on her illustrious career, Williams shared that her drive was never fueled by financial gain but by a pure love for tennis.

While Serena has hung up her racket professionally, her life off the court is as eventful as ever. She's embracing motherhood with daughters Olympia (6) and Adria (11 months), alongside her husband Alexis Ohanian. And there's more! Williams is set to host the 2024 ESPYs, joining the ranks of iconic women who've taken on the role, signaling a new milestone in her post-tennis journey.

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"I couldn’t be more excited to host the ESPYs," Williams shared in a statement in May. "This is a dream come true for me and something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. It has been a sensational year for sports and an unprecedented one for female athletes. I can’t wait to celebrate everyone on stage in July."