Herald Sun reprints Serena cartoon

Australian cartoonist blasted for 'racist and sexist' depiction of Serena Williams

Australian cartoonist blasted for 'racist and sexist' depiction of Serena Williams

In an interview with Australian publisher, Herald Sun, who are solidly behind the cartoonist, Knight said that the cartoon was about her reactions which earned her penalties on Sunday night's US Open finals. "A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that", Johnson added.

"Mark Knight's cartoon depicting Williams destroying her racquet and jumping up and down, with a dummy spat nearby, mocked the star player for her behaviour", the editorial insisted.

The Herald Sun reported on Tuesday that Knight had been mentioned on Twitter almost 74,000 times following the cartoon's publication.

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

Williams' antics during her heated exchange with Ramos have since become the biggest controversy in the sporting world for the past week, with tennis greats speaking out both to condemn and support Williams' explanations for her behavior.

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

Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston defended the cartoon and Mr Knight in the aftermath of the cartoon being published, news.com.au reported. "It had nothing to do with gender or race".

"We always had to go by the rules", Court, who dominated tennis during the 1960s and early 1970s, said according to a report in The Australian.

Wednesday's Sun cover includes other cartoons of high-profile figures, including President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Australian cartoonist blasted for 'racist and sexist' depiction of Serena Williams
Aussie cartoonist slammed over 'racist' portrayal of Serena Williams

"I have been asked about women's equality and I would find it hard to look any of the top female tennis players in the eye if I did not speak my mind", he wrote.

"Did she have to behave differently only because she was Serena Williams?".

Ramos was scheduled to umpire at the Davis Cup in Croatia, starting on Friday, Sept. 14.

"There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials".

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.

The Sydney Morning Herald was doubling down.

Osaka was portrayed as petite and feminine with jet blonde straight hair-in real life she has dark curly hair with blonde streaks and is taller than Williams.

"I think the umpire did what was within his rights", Murray told BBC Sport on Thursday ahead of the U.K.'s Davis Cup.

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