It has been noted several times in the past that Madrid Mutua Open director Ion Tiriac is by no means the first fan of 23-time Grand Slam title champion and women tennis legend Serena Williams. The Romanian, once again, has released an interview with statements that could lead to further controversy and that make it clear how much he does not appreciate the American tennis player.
Last season saw Serena Williams finish just outside the Top 10 by missing the group of top players on the WTA Tour for the third time in the last four years. It is also the first time in her career that Serena Williams has failed to win Grand Slam titles for three consecutive years.
Over the years Serena has tried to reach the record of the 24th Grand Slam at Margaret Court but both in 2018 and in 2019 she lost in the final both at Wimbledon and at the US Open, tournaments where in the past she made tennis history.
In 2020 it tried once again to reach this record but it was certainly blocked by the pandemic that slowed down its plans and expectations. The cancellation of Wimbledon did the rest, taking away an important chance of victory for the American.
Ion Tiriac on Serena Williams
In 2021 Serena Williams will once again try to win a Grand Slam tournament again and the next chance could come in February with Serena Williams trying to win the Australian Open. What now seems certain is that Serena Williams will not participate in the Madrid Open of 2021 but this certainly does not seem to harm the organizer of the tournament, who, in the course of an interview, declared: "At this age and with this weight we see now, we can safely say that Serena Williams does not move as easily as she did 15 years ago.
We are talking about a tennis player who was sensational but I certainly believe that if she had had a little decency she would have retired already! In all senses." 2021 will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world.
Roger Federer, after he said he will not play the Australian Slam, should come back on the court, for the joy of his fans, at the end of February or at the beginning of March. The greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.