Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian slams ‘sexist clown’ over comments about her weight

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Alexis Ohanian is proving that “love” is not just a tennis term as he takes aim at someone who criticized wife Serena Williams.

Ion Tiriac, a Romanian former tennis player who owns the Madrid Open tennis tournament, discussed Serena’s age and weight in a recent interview with Romanian television channel TVR.

“At this age and the weight she is now, she does not move as easily as he did 15 years ago,” the 81-year-old president of the Romanian Tennis Federation said in the conversation that was translated to English by Ubitennis. “Serena was a sensational player. If she had a little decency, she would retire. From all points of view.”

The comments clearly did not sit well with Alexis. When a Twitter user posted the interview on Sunday, Jan. 3 and said it was “safe to say” that Serena wouldn’t choose to compete in the Madrid Open again, Alexis replied, “Safe to say no one gives a damn what Ion Țiriac thinks.”

The following day, the 37-year-old Reddit co-founder returned to the Twitter thread to offer a shout-out of sorts to Olympia, the 3-year-old daughter he shares with the 39-year-old tennis icon.

“Had to Google it… turns out my 3 year old has more Grand Slam victories than this [clown emojis],” he posted, adding a screen grab of a web page showing that Ion has never won a major tennis tournament.

Later that day, Alexis tweeted another message of support for Serena, winner of a whopping 23 Grand Slam titles. “2021 and no holding back when a racist/sexist clown with a platform comes for my family,” the proud husband wrote.

Sounds like Serena can guarantee she’ll always have a partner who isn’t afraid to call out a foul comment.


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