“Feels Borderline Criminal”: Husband Alexis Ohanian on Unfair Treatment Serena Williams Received in Jennifer Capriati Match

Published 03/28/2021, 7:31 AM EDT
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Meghan Markle’s friend, US tennis player Serena Williams (L) and her husband US entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian (R) arrive for the wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN – WPA Pool/Getty Images)


American tennis superstar Serena Williams has been of great value to the sport and has conquered uncharted waters, winning 23 Majors and multiple Olympic Gold medals. During the early stages of her career, however, she had to battle various difficulties in her path.

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Recently, in a podcast, Serena Williams’ husband Alexis Ohanian recalled an incident during which Williams was treated in an unfair manner. It was a match against former American player Jennifer Capriati. During the match, the majority of line calls were unfairly going against her.

NEW YORK, NY: Serena Williams (R) and husband Alexis Ohanian attend the “Being Serena” New York Premiere at Time Warner Center in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage) | Credits: Getty Images

Serena Williams was clearly hitting the balls in

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Speaking on that match, Alexis said, “I saw a clip of the Capriati match and I’m just like how is no one saying anything. How are the commentators not saying anything? Like Serena is getting clearly balls in that they are calling out and vice versa. She’s getting all these calls against her like this is absurd. You have one job and you’re messing it up.”

On seeing the clip, he felt the injustice done to the American player may have been going on for longer. He felt it was an act of injustice and sympathized with her fans and even termed the treatment ‘criminal’.

Alexis Olympia, daughter of Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian congratulate Serena Williams after she won her final match against Jessica Pegula of USA at ASB Tennis Centre on January 12, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

The American internet entrepreneur further added, “I got to relive this thing that I was years and years late with this frustration that fans have been feeling for a decade-plus. It also tapped me in how much more is there to her matches than just the win or loss.

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“There are a lot of people who watch that and see some pain in her struggle in the injustice in her calls. It feels borderline criminal especially in a sport where the rules are so clear-cut.”

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Reflecting back to tennis and the current season, Serena reached as far as the semifinal at the Australian Open. She withdrew from the ongoing Miami Open and will look to resume her season on the clay-courts.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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