The ongoing feud between Serena Williams’ family and player-turned-billionaire Ion Tiriac has taken another twist with the latter’s son delivering a ridiculous sledge.
Tiriac, 82, was blasted last month over comments the former world No. 8 made about Williams’ weight and his unsolicited advice for her to retire.
“At this age and the weight she is now, she does not move as easily as she did 15 years ago,” Tiriac said on Romanian TV.
“Serena was a sensational player. If she had a little decency, she would retire.”
That baffling remark earned Tiriac the wrath of Williams’ husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian who slammed the Madrid Open owner as a racist and sexist.
Williams qualified for her 40th grand slam semi-final on Tuesday night and Ohanian reignited the feud with a shirt he wore while sitting courtside.
The shirt featured an image of his wife along with the message ‘Greatest Female Athlete’ with the word ‘Female’ crossed out.
After the match, Ohanian took to Twitter and shared news of his wife’s victory over Simona Halep with the caption: “Good thing no one listens to that racist sexist (clown emoji) Ion Tiriac.”
That triggered Tiriac’s son Alexandru, who penned an open letter to Ohanian featuring some truly nonsensical claims.
“To Mrs. Williams’ husband, I read your tweet with a mix of disbelief and disgust,” the letter began.
“The name Tiriac has a 70-year tradition in the world of sports and the gentleman you are referring to has written a few important chapters that have contributed to the book of tennis along these decades.
“From the player, to the coach, to the manager, to the tournament promoter, the respected person you are bad wording in these derogatory terms has and still is, at the age of 82, one of the strongest advocates of this sport.
“The respect he has (Ion Tiriac) for Mrs. Williams is tremendous, as it should be.”
The next line in the letter attempted to make a truly outrageous claim.
“She is and will remain in history as one of the best 20-25 players who have highly contributed to this sport,” it read.
“She has a personality that has opened many doors for young generations of athletes, in all fields of sports and in all social walks of life. For that, we are very grateful to her.
“Mr. Williams, the only reason I reply to your unnecessary tweet is that words are misused and misinterpreted in today’s world through the various platforms in existence.
“Free speech should not be wrongly replaced with inappropriate slander.
“In my humble opinion, and to use a well-known quote, “with great power comes great responsibility.”
“As Mrs. Williams’ husband, you can no longer only represent your own views when you talk about sports, but also the voice of an icon.
“It would be a real shame to cast an erroneous image on her legacy through emotional baseless tweets.
“I hope that through these few sentences I can bring some wisdom toyour future misguided public declarations, and maybe some due respect to a self-made man who is a true lover and lifelong contributor to this sport.
“Congratulations to Serena, very well deserved, keep going forward and writing history in such a wonderful career.
The letter was torn to shreds by tennis fans on social media who laughed off the suggestion that Ion Tiriac ‘respected’ Williams, accusing Alexandru of ignoring his father’s body-shaming sledge.
Serena Williams Gets All Dolled Up At Home in a Glittering Minidress & Sharp Stilettos
Serena Williams showed off her glam side from the comfort of her own home, getting ready for girls’ night in style.
Hopping up on her bathroom counter to top off her makeup, the tennis pro took to Instagram this afternoon to show off her bold attire. The center of the look came in the form of a glittering black minidress complete with a long-sleeve silhouette and a sequin-coated finish.
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To bring the look to new heights, Williams then slipped on a towering set of stilettos with a recognizable outsole. The red-bottom heels, courtesy of Christian Louboutin, highlight a sharply pointed-toe silhouette with a curved vamp and a teetering height.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion is no stranger to wow-worthy pieces. Just yesterday, for example, Williams broke out a floral catsuit from Richard Quinn and Moncler’s collaboration as she displayed how she does “winters in Florida.” The piece came matched to block-heeled combat boots from Stuart Weitzman, a brand the athlete serves as an ambassador and model for.
In May of 2020, Williams officially signed on as the newest global spokeswoman for Stuart Weitzman, starring in the brand’s spring and summer ’20 ad campaign. She has since appeared in shoots for its fall ’20 collection and, most recently, its spring ’21 campaign with her daughter, Olympia.
Williams has also been a Nike athlete since 2003 and has released a number of collaborative projects with the brand over the years. In 2019, the two powerhouses announced that they were looking for emerging designers to help create a Williams-inspired shoe and apparel collection for 2020. She also created her own namesake apparel and accessories brand in 2018 and has since debuted capsules during New York Fashion Week.
‘If Body Ody Was a Person’: Serena Williams Brings Spring Vibes While Flaunting Her Curvy Body
Serena Williams does not only bring the heat on the tennis court, but apparently she does so with her fashion as well. In her March 11 photo posted to social media, she is wearing a long-sleeved body-hugging jumpsuit that is covered in daisies. Paired with the jumpsuit, she wore black combat boots as she stood outside in front of a pile of logs.
“How we do winters in Florida,” she wrote. The current Miami resident seemed confident that she looked great in her outfit because she wrote “The temperature just went up 🔥 🔥 🔥,” in the comments section.
Fans agreed that she looked amazing in her one-piece. One person said, “HONEYYYYY IT’S A WHOLE MOMENT.” Another person wrote that they were, “Soooo obsessed with this look!!!❤️❤️❤️”
Many even dubbed her “Flower Power,” and someone else said this is what it would look like “🔥🔥🔥 If bodyody was a person 😍.”
One thing about Williams is she does not play about her fashion. In a 2017 Vogue interview, she talked more about her love for fashion. “For me there was only one thing I connected to the way I’ve connected to tennis, and that’s been fashion. If you give me a garment, I can tell you what the fabric is, how it’s made, why something can or can’t be done because of the draping, et cetera. Who knows? Maybe I would have won more Grand Slams if I had been 100 percent tennis.”
Williams even has a clothing line, which she named after herself and launched in May 2018. During that time, the 23-time Grand Slam winner revealed that fashion wasn’t something that she randomly became interested in. In an interview with Essence, she shared that fashion was something she took seriously. She also said, “I went to fashion school back in the early 2000s,” and she attended The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
Serena Williams trains with Dimitrov: it’s time to play again
Serena Williams is back to training on the court after the tears of the Australian Open, shed in the press conference after the semifinal defeat against Naomi Osaka, during which she said: “I’m done,” sparking many rumors about her eventual withdrawal.
But she also added: “If I ever had to say goodbye, I wouldn’t say it to anyone.” Many wondered if this could even be the American star’s last tournament, and not just her last Australian Open.
Sunday Serena posted a video of her workout of hers with world number 17 Grigor Dimitrov.
“Just a casual hit,” she said on Instagram. Dimitrov, on his own Instagram, shared a video and he wrote: “My practice partner is better than yours.” Venus Williams added: “Omg are you guys hitting now? Where is my invite?” In short, Serena still seems ready to go down again on the court, ready to amaze herself, her fans and her opponents, once again in search of that 24th Grand Slam title that she is looking for with great ardor.
As also reported by the Times of India, Serena Williams talked about the Slam record, still belonging to the Australian Margaret Smith: “She Surely she weighs on my shoulders and my mind.
It’s a good thing that I’m thinking about it. I’m used to it by now.” The absolute record for the highest number of Major trophies won in her career still belongs to Margaret Smith Court, who won the last one in 1973.
Discussing her retirement from the Gippsland Trophy instead, the eldest of the Williams sisters said: “I believe that at my age and at this point in my career I just have to keep playing according to my physical condition, I don’t have to put myself in a bad situation to my health.”
Serena also spoke of the harsh quarantine in Melbourne in recent days: “Actually, I didn’t let myself be influenced too negatively. I realized that my life is like a big quarantine too, since there are few times I leave my home.
It wasn’t that different from what I normally do. The only difference is that I was forced to do so, having no other options. I think it was the best choice for all players.”