'Serena totally out of line' - Billie Jean King

Herald Sun Defends Racist Serena Williams Cartoon Amid Global Condemnation

Herald Sun Defends Racist Serena Williams Cartoon Amid Global Condemnation

Serena had received a warning, a point penalty, and finally, a game penalty after an outburst that saw her call the umpire Carlos Ramos a thief. "She's passionate. She was speaking out and I think for Ramos, he was a little defensive at that point, and was fed up as opposed to saying, 'Okay, let's get back to business, '" Adams said.

Ramos handed Williams with three code violations - the first for on-court coaching, the second for racket abuse and finally the game penalty for verbal abuse, after Williams call him "a liar" and "a thief".

Williams was found guilty of code violations and fined US$17,000 - raising allegations that there are double standards for male and female players. On the contrary, he praised Williams for showing "grace and class" in a situation in which Naomi Osaka, the victor in two sets, was overshadowed.

Ramos is deemed one of the more experienced umpires in the game with nearly 30 years of experience but for overseeing the Grand Slam final he received a fee of just £370 - a standard daily rate. "They've lost their safety factor of knowing that these governing bodies will support them".

High profile figures such as former player Billie Jean King have thrown their support behind Williams, as has the Women's Tennis Association and United States Tennis Association.

"Had I behaved like that on a tennis court, I would have expected to get everything that happened to Serena", Navratilova also said, Fox News reported. The USTA praised Williams for her conduct after the match, whereas WTA CEO Steve Simon said that "there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women".

"This has been a bit of a watershed moment in the history of professional officiating", he told CNN.

They made big effort to play these kind of tournaments, and they deserve to has the same treatment as we have. Gold badge umpire Richard Ings told ESPN that the umpire fraternity is "thoroughly disturbed" by how they have been treated in this situation.

"It is understandable that this high profile and regrettable incident should provoke debate", the ITF added.

'I'm fine, given the circumstances, ' said Ramos. "Don't you worry about me", the 47-year-old is quoted as saying in the newspaper.

Ramos will next umpire at the U.S. -Croatia Davis Cup semi-final in Zadar, Croatia this weekend. That sentiment has led to renewed talk among umpires of forming a union, an idea that has been around for years.

If the contract goes through, this would be the biggest deal the sportswear giant has ever given to a female tennis player and it could propel Osaka up the ranks on Forbes' 2018 list of highest paid female athletes, which Williams now leads.

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