It seems the old adage "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" has yet to register with Ion Tiriac. The 81-year-old Romanian, building upon a reputation as a certified hater, made some choice comments about Serena Williams ahead of the 2021 season.

Tiriac not-so-politely suggested that she hang up her racquets and call it a career.

"At this age and the weight she is now, she does not move as easily as she did 15 years ago,” Tiriac said on a Romanian TV show. "Serena was a sensational player. If she had a little decency, she would retire. From all points of view.”

When Serena's husband Alexis Ohanian heard wind of Tiriac's comments, he was quick to clap back.


But the Reddit co-founder was not done, and made a New Year's resolution that we should all strive for.

After some research, he was able to conclude that his three-year-old daughter has won the same amount of Grand Slam titles as Tiriac (Serena won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant).


Tiriac, a former pro who won 22 titles and achieved a career-high ranking of No. 8, is the tournament director of Madrid. Serena, the owner of 73 titles, including 23 Grand Slams, has won Madrid twice.

The 39-year-old will soon be heading to Melbourne, and though she hasn't won a major since 2017, she has appeared in four major finals and one semifinal in the past three years.