After Serena Williams tirade, tennis umps consider boycotting her matches

International Tennis Federation defends umpire after Serena Williams flap

International Tennis Federation defends umpire after Serena Williams flap

Williams was issued a code violation for receiving coaching during the second set, then was penalized a point for smashing her racket.

"Criticism of Mark Knight's Serena Williams cartoon shows the world has gone too PC & misunderstands the role of news media cartoons and satire", he said.

Her comments mark a change of heart after King initially backed the 23-time grand clam champion, tweeting after the final: "When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalised for it". When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" and there are no repercussions.

"Yesterday brought to the forefront the question of whether different standards are applied to men and women in the officiating of matches", Simon said on Sunday.

'When he saw the coach making gestures, he issued a warning - but Serena Williams took it personally and everything went out of control. She won $1.85 million as the runner-up to Osaka, who notched the first Grand Slam title of her career and became the first Japanese tennis player to do so.

"The Sept 10 cartoon not only exudes racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams' depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like", the association said in a statement. For me it blows my mind.

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.

"He needed to tell Serena - he can't apologise he did the right thing there, he can't apologise, he's got to be the boss - but all he had to say to Serena is "I am not attacking your character".

Serena would later be fined $17,000 for her outburst.

"We watch the guys do this all the time, they're badgering the umpire on the changeovers". She does have a temper, she is not the only one, but you have just got to know as a professional athlete with all eyes on you on the biggest stage, you have to know when to stop.

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he said.

'My advice was to move away, to avoid any further controversy and to tell you that time heals - and that it will also heal this, ' wrote Seabra.

The Times of London reported that some umpires are considering boycotting Williams' matches. "Don't worry about me".

Regardless, Ramos, who has 30 years' experience, will be back at work for the Davis Cup semifinal between Croatia and the U.S. in Zadir in the weekend, the International Tennis Federation confirmed.

His appearance could prove awkward after several figures from the US Tennis Association, including president Katrina Adams, publicly supported Williams in her sexism allegations.

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