Bill Clinton is left red in the face as he enjoys a cozy chat with famed sex therapist Dr. Ruth at the US Open – while Serena Williams thrashed Danka Kovinic in first-round match
- President Bill Clinton and Dr. Ruth Westheimer were seated next to one another at the US Open which caught the attention of tennis commentators
- The pair could be seen animatedly chatting away with one another
- At one stage, the 94-year-old Dr. Ruth could be seen giving the former president, 76, a playful tap on the face
Bill Clinton was left red in the face as he enjoyed a cozy chat with sex therapist Dr Ruth Westheimer as they watched Serena Williams’ tennis match on Monday night.
The pair could be seen animatedly chatting away with one another and looked to be in deep conversation.
At one stage, the 94-year-old Dr. Ruth, could be seen giving the former president, 76, a playful tap on the face.
The former president leaned in eagerly as it appeared the famous German-American sex therapist and talk show host was giving Clinton some advice.
Soon afterwards, Clinton’ face started turning red. The pair joined throngs of celebrities to attend the game, including Mike Tyson, Anna Wintour and Oprah.
Williams dominated her first round match against Danka Kovinic at New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Former President Bill Clinton, center, and Ruth Westheimer, right, watch play between Serena Williams, of the United States, and Danka Kovinic, of Montenegro, during the first round of the US Open tennis championships on Monday in New York
President Bill Clinton and Dr. Ruth Westheimer were seated next to one another at the US Open which caught the attention of tennis commentators
The pair could be seen animatedly chatting away with one another with Mr Clinton leaning in
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 involved in some sort of… She’s giving him advice,’ co-host Chris Evert added. ‘She just gave him advice. Yep, ‘you shouldn’t be doing that.”
‘Why is his face getting redder?’ McEnroe then joked.
The sighting led to a number of comedic responses on social media.
‘So he’s with his therapist’, wrote Michael.
‘Bill and Dr. Ruth…didn’t see that coming….or did we,’ asked Alice McGuin.
‘He said ‘let’s just say, the Cigar wasn’t Cuban” joked another, in a reference to the Monica Lewinsky affair.
‘I want to be a fly around their conversation…’ wrote Laffy Taffy.
‘Had this conversation happened about 30 years earlier…’ added Brian Keith Jackson.
The sighting led to a number of comedic responses on social media
Dr. Ruth Westheimer appeared to be in great spirits as she arrived at the US Open on Monday
Aside from Clinton and Dr. Ruth, Vera Wang, Mike Tyson, Hugh Jackman and Anna Wintour were all on hand to see Serena Williams begin her final US Open with an easy victory over Danka Kovinic.
Anthony Anderson, Huma Abedin, Spike Lee, Rebel Wilson, Lindsey Vonn, and New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor were also in attendance, as was Mayor Eric Adams.
Having previously announced her intention to ‘evolve’ away from tennis after this year’s US Open (don’t say ‘retirement’), Williams breezed by her first-round opponent, Kovinic, 6-3, 6-3, in Queens on Monday night.
Williams could not have picked a better venue to begin her farewell than Flushing, where she’s won six singles titles and a pair of 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 next to one of the evening’s biggest celebrities, the couple’s four-year-old daughter, Olympia.
nna Wintour looks on prior to the match between Serena Williams and Danika Kovinic of Montenegro on Monday in Queens
Actor Hugh Jackman (C) watches Serena Williams play Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in their first-round match
Gayle King, center, in addition to New York City Mayor Eric Adams, center right, and New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (lower right) are all pictured seated at Serena Williams’ match in Queens on Monday night
Mike Tyson was seen alongside retired tennis legend, Martina Navratilova, and her well-behaved lap dog
Serena’s husband Alexis Ohanian sat next to one of the evening’s biggest celebrities, the couple’s daughter, Olympia
‘The crowd was crazy,’ Williams said during her post-match ceremony. ‘They really helped pull me through. I was really pumped up, like, ”Yes, I got this.”
‘I just want people to think how hard one tries,’ Williams continued, speaking with CBS’ Gayle King. ‘It’s so important to give your all no matter what you do, how many obstacles you face. I’ve been down so much so many times, in the public eye, and I’ve had to come back… but never give up.
‘It sounds cliched, 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 Danka Kovinic of Montenegro on Monday night in New York
In her first match at what is expected to be the last US Open – and last tournament – of her remarkable playing career, Williams overcame a shaky start to overwhelm Kovinic in straight sets.
Early, Williams was not at her best. There were double-faults. Other missed strokes, missed opportunities. She went up 2-0, but then quickly trailed 3-2. Then, suddenly, Williams, less than a month from turning 41, looked a lot more like someone with six championships at Flushing Meadows and 23 Grand Slam titles in all – numbers never exceeded by anyone in the professional era of tennis, which began in 1968.
She rolled through the end of that opening set, capping it with a service winner she reacted to with clenched fists and her trademark cry of ‘Come on!’
The more than 23,000 in attendance rose for a raucous standing ovation – and did so again when the 1-hour, 40-minute contest was over, celebrating as if another trophy had been earned.
People hold up signs reading ‘We love you Serena’ during a ceremony following her first-round win at the US Open
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