SERENA WILLIAMS’ husband Alexis Ohanian has accused Madrid Open proprietor Ion Tiriac of being ‘racist and sexist’ after telling the American legend to retire.
Former Olympic tennis ace Tiriac just lately urged Serena, 39, to retire based mostly on her ‘age and weight’.
Alexis Ohanian, proper, defended spouse Serena Williams after ‘racist and sexist’ feedback from Madrid Open boss Ion TiriacCredit score: Instagram / @alexisohanian
He advised Romanian TV: “Serena was a sensational participant.
“If she had a bit of decency, she would retire.
“At this age and the burden she is now, she doesn’t transfer as simply as he did 15 years in the past.”
In 2018, Tiriac had additionally claimed: “With all due respect, 36 years previous and 90kg…”
On the time, Williams hit again saying: “It is an ignorant remark and it is a sexist remark.
“Possibly he is an ignorant man.”
However after Tiriac’s most-recent feedback, Ohanian – Williams’ husband and father to three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia – let rip on Twitter calling him ‘racist and sexist’ in addition to a ‘clown’.
Reddit co-founder Ohanian mocked 81-year-old Tiriac – the third-richest man in Romania.
Tiriac, pictured with Novak Djokovic, urged Williams to retire based mostly on her ‘age and weight’Credit score: Getty Photos – Getty
Serena Williams is the most important star in ladies’s tennis with 23 Grand Slams titles in singles alone and countingCredit score: Reuters
He Googled his skilled tennis file – with zero Grand Slam singles wins – earlier than tweeting: “Protected to say nobody provides a rattling what Ion Tiriac thinks.”
Ohanian added: “Needed to Google it… seems my 3 12 months previous has extra Grand Slam victories than this”, full with two clown emojis.
After one Twitter consumer appeared to aim to defend Tiriac, Ohanian let unfastened as soon as once more.
Ohanian wrote: “Maintain defending your racist, sexist clown.”
He later added: “2021 and no holding again when a racist/sexist clown with a platform comes for my household.”
Williams wants simply ONE extra Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court docket’s unbelievable file.
She has gained 23 Grand Slam singles titles on the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
Williams additionally boasts 16 Grand Slam doubles titles and 4 Olympic gold medals.
Tiriac, in the meantime, by no means made it previous the fourth-round at a Grand Slam in singles.
He did win the 1970 French Open doubles title, nonetheless.