Tennys Sandgren wants you to believe he’s being unfairly judged off his social media behavior, but Serena Williams isn’t having any of it.
Williams was the subject of one of Sandgren’s tweets, retweeting a stroy with photos of Williams with the comment “Disgusting…” attached to it.
She clearly didn’t feel any sympathy for him, tweeting, “Turns channel,” shortly after Sandgren’s match began Tuesday night on ESPN.
But Williams made her feelings much clearer Wednesday morning.
“@TennysSandgren I don’t need or want one. But there is a entire group of people that deserves an apology,” she wrote in her tweet. “I cant look at my daughter and tell her I sat back and was quiet. No! she will know how to stand up for herself and others- through my example.”
The “group” she is referring to isn’t exactly clear, but there area host of screengrabbed tweets from Sandgren, which he has since deleted, containing derogatory comments toward Muslims and black people, as well as recounting an experience at a gay nightclub.
“Stumbled into a gay club last night.. my eyes are still bleeding #nooneshouldseethat,” a tweet of his from 2012 reads.
This follows a storm of public backlash against Sandgren after attention was drawn to numerous tweets and connections to alt-right accounts during his tournament run, which ended Tuesday.
After being defeated by Hyeong Chung in the quarterfinal round, Sandgren defended his reputation.
“With a handful of follows and some likes on Twitter, my fate has been sealed in your minds,” Sandgren said. “To write an edgy story, to create sensationalist coverage, there are a few lengths you wouldn’t go to to mark me as the man you desperately want me to be.”