Serena Williams defeated Simona Halep in the Australian Open on Tuesday, and will advance to face Naomi Osaka in the semifinals.
Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian (one of the co-founders of Reddit who has been married to Williams since 2017) supported her from the sidelines wearing a shirt that read "Greatest Female Athlete," with "Female" crossed off, next to a picture of his wife.
Ohanian appeared to be responding to a debate that refused to recognize Williams as one of the greatest athletes of all time, after her 23 Grand Slam titles were compared to Tom Brady's Super Bowl victories.
Serena Williams has 23 Grand Slam titles. https://t.co/VCsIzh2ODa— reggie (@reggie) 1612755811.0
Ohanian also appeared to be reacting to Ion Tiriac, the director of the Madrid Open, when he suggested Williams should retire because of her age and her weight.
Good thing no one listens to that racist sexist 🤡 Ion Țiriac https://t.co/Dz0LVephE0— §AlexisOhanian 7️⃣7️⃣6️⃣ (@§AlexisOhanian 7️⃣7️⃣6️⃣) 1613468845.0
People were immediately fans of the shirt and of Ohanian's support of Williams.
Hey @alexisohanian, where can I get one of these? #GOAT #AusOpen https://t.co/x7Dxu1zeRW— Vanessa Sanchez (@Vanessa Sanchez) 1613464793.0
Thinking of starting a Stan account for @alexisohanian because why not.I Love this man & I love his love and suppor… https://t.co/jtQELGv8Dh— Claire ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏻✊🏿✊🏼 🇪🇺 (@Claire ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏻✊🏿✊🏼 🇪🇺) 1613486596.0
Facts only 🐐 @alexisohanian | @serenawilliams https://t.co/XKhn52zKFE— ESPN (@ESPN) 1613482551.0
Nothing like supportive partners. Couldn’t agree more with @alexisohanian shirt. 24 is coming for SERENA #AusOpen https://t.co/jyISeGodSF— Ayeesha Ibrahim (@Ayeesha Ibrahim) 1613469186.0
I was just thinking this morning that I wanted @alexisohanian to say something true and spicy which is that he is m… https://t.co/S3BePTwP8z— Sleepy Bitch (@Sleepy Bitch) 1613488971.0
People are already asking where they can get their own copy of the shirt.
@alexisohanian I want that TShirt🌷— Roslyn (@Roslyn) 1613475212.0
@alexisohanian I love to see black women being loved right!!!you guys are cute! God bless your family— DictatorMuseveniDIDNTwin! (@DictatorMuseveniDIDNTwin!) 1613475880.0
@alexisohanian Where can I get this shirt?!? Required!— 🖖🏾 Reina B ♒️✌🏾☝🏾4️⃣ (@🖖🏾 Reina B ♒️✌🏾☝🏾4️⃣) 1613493694.0
@alexisohanian She is the greatest athlete..PERIOD... Let a man have a baby and come back on top. I think not.— ali (@ali) 1613520684.0
This most recent win against Simona Halep, a 6-3, 6-3 victory, puts Williams just a few more matches away from securing her 24th Grand Slam title.
@alexisohanian I love it. @serenawilliams is the greater athlete of all time!!— ☆Rachel Byrne☆( ¨̮ )︎ (@☆Rachel Byrne☆( ¨̮ )︎) 1613475999.0
@alexisohanian Love it 🙏— Tarik Remila (@Tarik Remila) 1613481311.0
@alexisohanian Keep telling them until they learn https://t.co/EhrE5AHgJP— IAmHerr (@IAmHerr) 1613488685.0
@alexisohanian Yes!! G O A T!— JJ (@JJ) 1613507838.0
@alexisohanian 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— Jim MacFawn 😷 (@Jim MacFawn 😷) 1613487800.0
Williams earning a 24th Grand Slam title would tie her with Margaret Court, the current record-holder for most Grand Slam singles titles.
Osaka and Williams' fourth match ever is the semifinal match coming up on Thursday. Rooting for you, Serena.