SERENA WILLIAMS’ husband Alexis Ohanian has accused Madrid Open owner Ion Tiriac of being ‘racist and sexist’ after telling the American legend to retire.
Former Olympic tennis ace Tiriac recently urged Serena, 39, to retire based on her ‘age and weight’.
Alexis Ohanian, right, defended wife Serena Williams after ‘racist and sexist’ comments from Madrid Open boss Ion TiriacCredit: Instagram / @alexisohanian
He told Romanian TV: “Serena was a sensational player.
“If she had a little decency, she would retire.
“At this age and the weight she is now, she does not move as easily as he did 15 years ago.”
In 2018, Tiriac had also claimed: “With all due respect, 36 years old and 90kg…”
At the time, Williams hit back saying: “It’s an ignorant comment and it’s a sexist comment.
“Maybe he’s an ignorant man.”
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 on her ‘age and weight’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Serena Williams is the biggest star in women’s tennis with 23 Grand Slams titles in singles alone and countingCredit: Reuters
He Googled his professional tennis record – with zero Grand Slam singles wins – before tweeting: “Safe to say no one gives a damn what Ion Tiriac thinks.”
Ohanian added, “Had to Google it… turns out my 3 year old has more Grand Slam victories than this”, complete with two clown emojis.
After one Twitter user appeared to attempt to defend Tiriac, Ohanian let loose once again.
Ohanian wrote: “Keep defending your racist, sexist clown.”
He later added: “2021 and no holding back when a racist/sexist clown with a platform comes for my family.”
Williams needs just ONE more Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s incredible record.
She has won 34 singles titles at the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
Williams also boasts 16 Grand Slam doubles titles four Olympic gold medals.
Tiriac, meanwhile, never made it past the fourth-round at a Grand Slam in singles.
He did win the 1970 French Open doubles title, however.