'Sexist clown': Serena Williams' husband blasts billionaire's 'disgusting' weight dig

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Serena Williams' (pictured left) sitting down during the French Open and Ion Tiriac (pictured right) watching a tennis match.
Serena Williams' (pictured left) feud with Ion Tiriac (pictured right) continues after the billionaire launched a 'disgusting' tirade towards the 23-time Grand Slam champ. (Getty Images)

Serena Williams’ husband has labelled Ion Tiriac a ‘sexist’ after the billionaire launched yet another tirade at the 23-time Grand Slam champ.

Tiriac, the 81-year-old tournament director of the Madrid Open, blasted Williams yet again in an interview on Romanian television after calling for her to show ‘decency’ and call time on her career.

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He also, once again, referenced her weight during the dig.

“At this age and the weight she is now, she does not move as easily as he did 15 years ago,” Tiriac said.

“Serena was a sensational player. If she had a little decency, she would retire! From all points of view.”

The comments prompted Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, to initially respond on social media with a dismissive jibe.

“Safe to say no one gives a damn what Ion Tiriac thinks,” he wrote.

“Had to Google it … turns out my 3 year old has more Grand Slam victories than this,” he wrote.

Alexis Ohanian, husband of Serena Williams of the United States looks on following her Women's Singles first round match of the 2020 Australian Open.
Alexis Ohanian, husband of Serena Williams of the United States looks on following her Women's Singles first round match of the 2020 Australian Open. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

But he later responded to comments from Twitter uses and labelled Tiriac a ‘racist and sexist clown’.

‘Keep defending your racist, sexist clown,” he added.

Fans also slammed Tiriac’s unprovoked criticism as Twitter user ‘Loy Rab’ called Tiriac a ‘disgusting person’ for his second tirade at Williams.

Williams slams Tiriac’s weight criticism

Tiriac has mixed words with Williams before.

Tiriac was slammed back in 2018 for his comments on Williams’ weight with the 23-time Grand Slam champ calling him out.

“I always say people are entitled to their opinion,” Williams said.

“Clearly there’s more to women’s tennis than me. There’s a lot more, but I’ll have words with him, believe me, I’ll have words with him.

“It’s an ignorant comment, and it’s a sexist comment, and maybe he’s an ignorant man.”

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