Australian newspaper claims Serena Williams cartoon 'not about race'

Tabitha Dunn
September 12, 2018

Although Serena Williams lost the U.S. Open to Naomi Osaka Saturday (Sept. 8) it was Williams' confrontation with umpire Carlos Ramos that has caused a divide in the tennis world. Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses.

Williams called the official "a thief", which drew the third violation against her for "verbal abuse", and it cost her the game.

The governing body of tennis added that: "Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".

Williams struggled against her young counterpart, but was repeatedly penalized during the match, causing the tennis icon to lose her cool multiple times.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) were among those to back Williams in the aftermath of her outburst.

'Umpires keep asking: 'What if it was me in that chair on Saturday?' There is a widespread feeling that Carlos was hung out to dry for almost 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials, ' the official said.

Umpires are not allowed to speak out publicly under the terms of their contracts, and are employed by grand slams and men's and women's tours, which means many are reluctant to say anything for fear of losing their jobs. The ITF sided with Ramos - two days later - calling him "one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis".

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She also did not criticise Williams' on-court behavior. All that pales in comparison to the furore surrounding Williams, who was given a game penalty for accusing chair umpire Carlos Ramos of being a "liar" and "a thief for stealing a point" from her in the women's final.

While Osaka won the match fair and square, Williams pointed out that male players like John McEnroe had much bigger tantrums with little penalty.

Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by the USTA for going "beyond protocol" when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a pep talk during his second-round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

She was found guilty of code violations and fined $17 000 - raising allegations that there are double standards for male and female players. "No one is saying she was a good sport".

"Don't bring gender into it when it's all about behaviour", he said.

King also penned an essay with the Washington Post that expanded on the ways that Williams, in particular, is treated differently than other athletes because of her identity.

"We do not believe that this was done (Saturday)". If it happened in the men's match, it would not happen again.

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