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Billie Jean King: Serena was 'out of line,' but umpire 'blew it'

Billie Jean King: Serena was 'out of line,' but umpire 'blew it'”

She and others like her say Williams' experience resonates with them because they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not.

Williams was in tears as she suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Osaka, whose maiden grand slam triumph was overshadowed by her opponent's argument with the official.

Ramos, who was selected Tuesday by the ITF to umpire Davis Cup semifinal matches this week between the United States and Croatia, has also received some support from major individual figures in the world of tennis. She called Ramos a "thief" and said he owed her an apology, protesting that "I don't cheat to win". He accepted the charge later but added that he didn't think Williams looked at her.

"Thank you, Serena Williams, for calling out this double standard".

The International Tennis Federation offered support for Ramos on Monday evening, saying in a statement: "Mr Ramos's decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Ms Williams for the three offences". An umpire's job is to keep control of the match, and he let it get out of control.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has also weighed in, offering its backing to Williams, with chief executive Steve Simon saying different standards of tolerance exist for men and women.

For example, he pointed out, no one says anything when LeBron James is arguing against a foul. "I think men and women are, you know, treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation. There is a lot of men who have said things and because they're men, that doesn't happen to them", she pursued, not for the first time.

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.

And consider how many male tennis players have been applauded for similar behavior. She is seen jumping up and down by a broken racket and a pacifier. I said, "They're impossible". She's everything our society claims to value.

Portuguese official Carlos Ramos was accused of sexism in the aftermath of the match, which saw him involved in an escalating dispute with Serena Williams that ended with him slapping the player with a one game penalty as she lost in straight sets to Naomi Osaka in NY on Saturday evening.

The cartoon creator is Mark Knight, the editorial cartoonist for Australia's Herald Sun.

Did any umps ever mass-boycott "bad boy" John McEnroe when he had one of his signature on-court aneurysms over a bad call?



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