Madrid Open director Ion Tiriac calls for Serena Williams to retire

Romanian businessman Ion Tiriac has criticized U.S. tennis legend Serena Williams, saying she should retire.

The tennis player’s husband immediately hit back on Twitter.

The Madrid Open tournament director returned to criticism over her weight and her age on Romanian public TV, TVR.

“At this age and the weight she is now, she does not move as easily as he did 15 years ago,” he said of the 39-year-old Williams who’s had 23 Grand Slam wins in her career.

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

The comments come after his criticism in 2018 when he said she was overweight

Ms Williams hit back saying “I always say people are entitled to their opinion.” Williams replied.

“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.”

Ms Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian responded this time on Twitter saying: “Safe to say nobody gives a damn what Ion Tiriac thinks.”

Ion Tiriac, 81, was a former professional tennis player himself and is the current president of the Romanian Tennis Federation.


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