The image of a wife rallying for her husband is an old, familiar one. Times are changing and the roles have reversed. A recent example of the same was witnessed when Serena Williams’ partner Alexis Ohanian, was spotted wearing a tee with the words: Greatest Female Athlete with the word Female scratched out, as Serena played against Simona Halep at the ongoing Australian Open.
Turns out his claim was not too far from reality: She won the match and proceeded to the semifinals, where she will play against Naomi Osaka.
The co-founder of Reddit has always been the tennis player’s number one fan. He has spoken about it and is often seen sitting with their daughter among spectators.
And while her performance is earning accolades, people on social media cannot get enough of Ohanian’s tee, making their approval widely known. “Serena Williams’ husband saying it all with his t-shirt,” wrote one, while another added, “I stan royalty”
Here are some of the reactions.
Serena Williams’ husband shirt #AusOpen
And. That’s. On. That. pic.twitter.com/R22DkF9I7i
— robert. (@FierceRobert) February 16, 2021
Serena Williams’s husband is on point 👌 pic.twitter.com/fl8ElKOxBJ
— ⎊ Sara ۞ (@sassycheekbones) February 16, 2021
It must also be noted that though Serena is regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all times, her gender is often viewed as a failing. Former tennis player John McEnroe had (in)famously said that she would probably rank much lower if she were to play in the men’s circuit. He, however, apologised for the statement.