US Open outburst: Umpires to boycott Serena's matches

Heather Diaz
September 14, 2018

Tennis umpires are reportedly considering a boycott of matches involving Serena Williams after her incident with chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the USA open final, according to the United Kingdom paper The Times. Later in the same set, Ramos cited her for breaking her racket in frustration, and when she called him a "thief" for the resulting penalty that cost her a point, he issued a third violation that cost her a game.

Williams was "simply outplayed and lost her temper in a huge and ill-disciplined blow-up", the column said.

The incident began when Williams was penalized for allegedly receiving direction from her coach on the sidelines via hand signals, which is a violation of US Open rules. Williams again reacted furiously, calling the tournament referee on to court to say "You know my character".

"I'm here fighting for women's rights and women's equality", Williams said at a news conference after the match.

Serena Williams' claims that she was punished more harshly during her US Open umpire row because she is female have been described as "far-fetched" by Jamie Murray. When are you going to give me my apology?

After the match, Twitter users and tennis commentators alike said the penalties assessed to Williams were excessively harsh, and some said they may have reflected sexism and racism in tennis officiating.

She was slapped with a $17,000 fine after labelling Ramos a liar and a thief.

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

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Despite the newspaper's recent statement, fans are still labeling the cartoon racist.

The image has been slammed for being racist.

However, he would go on to recant his observation.

She also criticised the depiction of Osaka as a "faceless prop" in the background of the image.

Rowling led widespread criticism of its Monday cartoon, saying it had reduced "one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes".

Knight's twitter account has subsequently been deleted or at the very least deactivated.

Mr Michael Miller, executive chairman of News Corp Australasia, which publishes the Herald Sun, defended the cartoonist, saying the world "misunderstands the role of news media cartoons and satire".

"I drew her as an African-American woman, she's powerfully built, she wears these outrageous costumes when she plays tennis - she's interesting to draw".

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