Serena Williams demands apology from Tennys Sandgren following social media activity

A range of social-media posts dug up during Tennys Sandgren’s Australian Open run has put the American star in the heart of controversy.

SERENA WILLIAMS MAINTAINS Tennys Sandgren should apologise to an “entire group of people” following the 26-year-old’s controversial social media activity.

Sandgren’s surprise showing at the Australian Open, where he reached the quarter-finals having never previously gone beyond the first round of a slam, has been overshadowed after he was questioned over links to the alt-right movement on Twitter.

The 26-year-old defended himself on Monday, saying he “finds some of the content interesting” but insisting that he is not an alt-right sympathiser.

Sandgren then took aim at the media following his last-eight defeat to Hyeon Chung, accusing reporters of “perpetuating propaganda machines”.

American star Williams, who has 23 grand slam singles titles, tweeted before Sandgren’s defeat, merely saying: “Turns channel.”

And she later posted directly to her compatriot, writing: “@TennysSandgren I don’t need or want one. But there is an entire group of people that deserves an apology.

I can’t 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.

Accompanying the post was a picture carrying the quote: “Maturity is being able to apologize and admit when you’re wrong because you know that your mistakes don’t define you.”

- Omni

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