A prominent member of Team Serena flaunted his own fashion fierceness on Tuesday at the Australian Open.
Alexis Ohanian cheered wife Serena Williams’ victory to advance into the semifinals with a T-shirt featuring a photo of the tennis star that read, “Greatest Female Athlete.” But “Female” was crossed out.
The Reddit co-founder appeared to be answering doubters who would not consider Williams, the winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, as the best athlete, period.
He elaborated on Twitter, lashing out at Madrid Open director and former pro Ion Tiriac, who suggested that Williams retire because of her age and weight.
“Good thing no one listens to that racist sexist [clown] Ion Tiriac,” Ohanian tweeted, reiterating remarks he made in response to Tiriac’s comment that Williams should hang it up if “she had a little decency.”
Williams looked impressive in beating No. 2 seed Simona Halep, 6-3, 6-3, to earn a semifinal match against nemesis Naomi Osaka. Williams joked she hadn’t felt so strong during long rallies since “1926.”
Ohanian modelled his T-shirt for a tweet as well, adding a smoochy face emjoi.
In her quarterfinal victory, Williams sported the one-legged catsuit she wore earlier at the Australian Open in honour of the late Olympic sprint legend Florence Griffith Joyner, who was partial to similar outfits on the track.
But Ohanian fired his own sartorial shot for Team Serena. And he seemed to be playing to the camera to show it off.
Williams’ hitting partner, Jarmere Jenkins, also wore a copy of the shirt.