Serena Williams Blasts Tennis Pro Tennys Sandgren For Saying Visit To Gay Club “Left His Eyes Bleeding”

"There is a entire group of people that deserves an apology."

Nothing disappears on the internet, as American tennis player Tennys Sandgren has just learned.

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The 26-year-old got called out at the Australian Open this week for following alt-right and extremist Twitter accounts. Sandgren initially claimed he found some alt-right opinions interesting, but insisted the movement ultimately went against his Christian faith.

“You seek to put people in these little boxes so that you can order the world in your already assumed preconceived ideas,” he said in a statement after losing to Hyeon Chung in the quarter-finals.

Followers began poring through his tweets and found one from 2012, in which he said a visit to a gay club “left my eyes bleeding.”

Sandgren apologized for the six-year-old tweet, writing “I used poor and harsh words to describe a bad experience, and is not indicative of how I feel about the people in that community.”

He then deleted all but one of his tweets and unfollowed many accounts. But Serena Williams made sure Sandgren got the message.

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“I don’t need or want [an apology,” tweeted the court queen. “But there is a entire group of people that deserves an apology. 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.

After departing the Open, Sandgren said he was heading home to Tennessee to reflect.

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