King: Serena 'totally out of line'


King: Serena 'totally out of line'

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

An Australian cartoonist has come under withering criticism for portraying tennis superstar Serena Williams using - what Harry Potter author JK Rowling described as - "racist and sexist tropes". He has reached 14 Grand Slams to level with Pete Sampras and looks good for a few more. Asked to address the disparity in Williams' fines and Roger Federer's $1,500 fine for an expletive-laden outburst during the 2009 U.S. Open men's final, Adams said the fines are up to the discretion of the grand slam administrator, not the USTA.

By the time a tearful Osaka appeared for the trophy ceremony, the crowd loudly booed ― prompting Williams to embrace her young rival and whisper into her ear.

"It is understandable that this high profile and regrettable incident should provoke debate", the ITF added. Mouratoglou openly acknowledged he was coaching but used the "everyone is doing it" argument as justification.

Ramos followed the rule book to a tee. She has had words on court before but this time it went way beyond anything I have seen for a long time.

Tennis great Billie Jean King backed the American but Margaret Court, whose major wins record Williams was trying to equal on Saturday, expressed little sympathy for the 36-year-old.

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.

Williams was fined $17,000 Sunday by the tournament referee's office for her coaching, racket destruction and verbal abuse infractions.

DeGeneres assured the softly-spoken Osaka, who is only 20 and admitted in the past that Williams was her childhood hero, that she was a deserved victor of the tournament. You are the U.S. Open champion.

At the 2016 Olympics, he issued Andy Murray with a code violation and also Novak Djokovic at last year's Wimbledon, proving Ramos is not only not afraid to dish out firm reminders of the rules to male players, but to three of the "Big Four" in the sport.

In the wake of Osaka's first Grand Slam triumph, there were messages of support for Williams as well as those condemning her behaviour and agreeing with the umpire's calls.

Ramos himself did offer some comments to a newspaper in his native Portugal, saying (per USA Today), "I'm fine, given the circumstances", and "It's a delicate situation, but "a la carte" arbitration does not exist".

King had tweeted a similar statement after the match, thanking Williams for calling out the double standard.

It is tradition that in addition to the finalists, the chair umpire who oversees the final is also acknowledged at the end of the match.



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