Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian has stood up for his spouse after the tennis champion was body shamed.
The Reddit co-founder defended her after former Romanian tennis participant Ion Tiriac, 81, criticised Williams’ taking part in.
“At this age and the burden she is now, she doesn’t transfer as simply as she did 15 years in the past,” Țiriac, who additionally owns the Madrid Open tennis event, stated in an interview for a Romanian tv channel that was translated to English by Ubitennis. “Serena was a sensational participant. If she had somewhat decency, she would retire. From all factors of view.”
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A tennis reporter posted the interview on Twitter with the remark “Protected to say Serena won’t ever play Madrid once more…”. That is when Ohanian stepped in and commented “Protected to say nobody offers a rattling what Ion Tiriac thinks.”
The 37-year-old then continued the following day, stating that Tiriac has by no means gained a Grand Slam event however his 39-year-old wife won the 2017 Australian Open whilst pregnant with their three-year-old daughter Olympia.
“Needed to Google it… seems my 3-year-old has extra Grand Slam victories than this,” Ohanian stated.
Ohanian added that he’s at all times going to defend his household.
“2021 and no holding again when a racist/sexist clown with a platform comes for my household,” he stated.
It’s undoubtedly not the primary time Williams has been the centre of derogatory feedback. In a earlier interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, Williams opened up concerning the insulting feedback in direction of her physique and race that she receives from the general public eye.
“It was onerous for me. Folks would say I used to be born a man, all due to my arms, or as a result of I am sturdy. I used to be completely different to Venus: she was skinny and tall and exquisite, and I’m sturdy and muscular — and exquisite. However, you realize, it was simply completely completely different.”
Regardless of the criticism, Williams refuses to let different individuals’s perceptions have an effect on her.
“I am going to by no means be a dimension 4! Why would I wish to try this, and be that? That is me, and that is my weapon and machine,” she advised the publication. “I can present Olympia [her daughter] that I struggled, however now I am pleased with who I’m and what I’m and what I appear like. Olympia was born and he or she had my arms, and as an alternative of being unhappy and fearful about what individuals would say about her, I used to be simply so pleased.”