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Tennis Umpires Mulling Boycott Of Serena Williams Matches

Tennis Umpires Mulling Boycott Of Serena Williams Matches

Tennis star Serena Williams was making headlines earlier this week following a clash between her and an umpire during the final match at the 2018 US Open Tennis Championships.

Writing in an opinion article for the New York Times, the 61-year-old Czech-born American said a higher standard needed to be observed when Williams called chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" and was penalised a key game in the second set. Later, she smashed her racket and was penalized a point.

During and after the match, Williams pointed to sexism as part of the reason why she was given the three code violations that led to the significant penalties.

Ramos told the Portuguese newspaper, Tribuna Expresso, "I'm fine, given the circumstances". In comparison, I never saw Nadal shouting like that with an umpire.

"I saw Federer twice and I feel like I nearly knocked him out because I was running in the hallway".

She said: "My favourites are Serena [Williams] and [Roger] Federer". You are the best player at the end of this event and because of the turn of events with the crowd and the booing and everything, it wasn't the way - that was the outcome I was referring to.

An anonymous source told The Times of London that there is a growing consensus among umpires that they were "not supported" by the U.S. Tennis Association on several occasions and that Ramos is being unfairly criticized.

While Williams was fined $17,000, she had some very vocal support from the governing body.




Knight's cartoon in response to Williams on-court and off-court antics quickly came under fire from Chicago sports radio host Julie DiCaro.

The Washington Post ran a searing post about Knight's cartoon, calling it "racist" and reminiscent of the era of racial segregation in the United States.

However, he would go on to recant his observation.

"In her straight sets loss to Naomi Osaka, Williams was simply outplayed and lost her temper in a big and ill-disciplined blow-up".

Critics say his exaggerated depiction of Williams's physical features is reminiscent of historically racist cartoons and that he white washed the appearance of Japan's Osaka by drawing her with a blonde ponytail.

Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston extended the defence on Twitter as he denied any racism or sexism. "A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that", Johnson added.

Do you think the cartoon is racist or does it properly satirize Serena Williams' meltdown after losing to Naomi Osaka.