Serena Williams makes a point to chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the second set of Saturday's U.S. Open final. The six-time US Open victor has been docked $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of chair umpire Carlos Ramos by the tournament referee's office on Sunday. Williams then slammed her racket to the ground in frustration and was assessed a second violation from Ramos that resulted in a point loss.
It all started when Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire, issued Williams a code violation for receiving illegal coaching from the sidelines.
The tournament referee's office announced Sunday it docked Williams $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket. "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief, '" Williams said at her news conference. For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark.
Billie Jean King said there is a clear double standard in the way the rules are applied to women and men. Williams told them the whole episode "is not fair", and said: "This has happened to me too many times". On Sunday, Williams was fined $17,000 US for three code violations, The Associated Press reported. Going straight from coaching to code violation without warning a person - I think that's messed up. "You own me an apology".
Former professional tennis player James Blake admits that he has said worst things than Williams during a match and escaped penalty. The two players met at the net and Williams congratulated Osaka on the win. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions.
The U.S. Open faced backlash for sexism earlier in the tournament after French player Alizé Cornet took off her shirt, which she realized she was wearing backwards, and put it on correctly while standing near the rear of the court.
She was up 2-1 on the changeover when she spoke again with Ramos appearing to smooth things over, and she finally found a way to break Osaka for a 3-1 lead.
Lewis Hamilton has jumped to the defence of Serena Williams after her stunning outburst during Saturday's US Open final.
She said on Instagram: 'First of all - and it's very important - I want to congratulate Naomi.
The emotional Williams received applause from many in the room, and she didn't take further questions.
British number four Liam Broady said he was "absolutely gutted" for Osaka, saying she had her moment "snatched away from her".
Williams had a breakdown in her US Open final match-up against Naomi Osaka, resulting in three code violations being issued. She gave Osaka, who became the first Japanese person to win a grand slam title, all the credit for the win. But as she and Williams stood for the trophy presentation, the crowd loudly booed and jeered, protesting what they felt was unfair treatment leveled against Williams.