Serena Williams’ Husband Alexis Ohanian Calls Out Body-Shaming and 'Racist' Comments

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Tennis player Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian attend the "The Game Changers" New York premiere at Regal Battery Park 11 on September 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

Serena Williams’ Husband Alexis Ohanian Calls Out Body-Shaming and 'Racist' Comments

The tennis icon was insulted by Ion Țiriac.

Published January 6th

Written by BET Staff

Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian is speaking out after offensive comments were made about her body by another tennis player.

According to Ubitennis, 81-year-old Romanian tennis player Ion Țiriac, who also owns the Madrid Open tennis tournament, said on a Romanian television channel, "At this age and the weight she is now, she does not move as easily as she did 15 years ago. Serena was a sensational player. If she had a little decency, she would retire. From all points of view."

On Jan. 3, a tennis reporter tweeted about the comments, writing, "Safe to say Serena will never play Madrid again.”

The 37-year-old Ohanian responded with, "Safe to say no one gives a damn what Ion Țiriac thinks."

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He also tweeted on Jan. 4, “2021 and no holding back when a racist/sexist clown with a platform comes for my family.”  

While Ion Țiriac is far from a household name, Williams is considered one of the greatest athletes of all time. She has earned 12 Grand Slam singles titles, she is an Olympic gold medalist and inspiration to athletes across the world.  

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