Tennis umpires reportedly mulling boycotting Serena Williams matches after US Open flap

Mae Harvey
September 15, 2018

Many tennis fans and players are still debating whether sexism played a role in the penalty given to Serena Williams in her confrontation with an umpire during the U.S. Open final.

Australia's Herald Sun newspaper is defending a cartoon depicting US tennis star Serena Williams having a temper tantrum that many prominent voices have deemed egregiously racist.

While losing Saturday's final to Japan's Naomi Osaka, Williams smashed her racket and called the umpire a "thief" and "liar".

The 23-time grand slam champion vehemently denied that accusation and, after smashing her racket having been broken in the second set, was docked a point by Ramos.

"But other than that, if you were talking about my tennis, I think my tennis is very, not very Japanese", Osaka said Wednesday.

The Japanese player's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000.

Knight said he had received death threats against his family since it was published, forcing him to suspend his Twitter account.

"Regardless of race or sex, they are lampooned due to their behaviour", the editors wrote of the public figures it caricatured.

Williams was defeated in a 6-2, 6-4 loss against Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open Women's Final. Ramos then penalised her a game.

The paper's editor had previously tweeted his support for the cartoonist, while the artist himself said "the world has just gone insane".

"Growing up, my dad drove a Nissan, so being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels like I've come full circle", she said Thursday, speaking mostly in English at the auto company's headquarters in Yokohama, according to Reuters. "The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behavior on the day, not about race".

"Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings", Strycova said.

"I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel". "I'm all about gender equality and I think when you look at that situation these are conversations that will be imposed in the next weeks".

"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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