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.”
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.