Serena Williams took a major dig towards fellow countryman Tennys Sandgren ahead of his quarter-final clash against Hyeon Chung at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who pulled out of the Australian Open because she didn’t feel she was ready to compete in a major just months after giving birth, took aim at her countryman as he dominates the headlines for his political leanings as well as his tennis.
Williams on Twitter suggested she wouldn’t give Sandgren any of her attention as he fought with Chung for a place in the semi-finals.
Sandgren has claimed he has wiped his Twitter account to create a “clean start” after a backlash over his political views and links to right-wing activists.
The proud American, who is a devout Christian and an outspoken Donald Trump supporter, has faced increased scrutiny in his shock run to the quarters.
After making it to the quarter-finals Down Under, Sandgren decided to delete up to 18 months' worth of tweets, which he has now revealed was so that he could start again.
After facing a serious backlash for his past tweets and his online presence, he decided to wipe the slate clean, deleting years of social media postings.
Sandgren also told the New York Times he would not censor himself, however, it appears the controversy may have convinced Sandgren to rethink his strategy.
He has decided to prioritise his tennis career over his controversial political leanings, which is probably for the best.
However, deleting tweets doesn't make people forget, and Williams certainly hasn't forgotten as she took to Twitter moments before Sandgren's Australian Open quarter-final got underway.
What did she tweet?
Well, a simple two words: 'Turns channel'
And here's how some fans reacted to the tweet.
Williams is sitting out this year’s Open after declaring herself not ready for a Grand Slam return as she works her way back from having her first child last year.
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