The truth about Serena Williams' US Open drama


It has become a slogan of sorts for a certain brand of traditional sports fan - a plea to keep sports free from our increasingly fractured and politicised atmosphere.

While Ramos is known as a stickler for the rules, the US team won't have to worry about coaching violations since captains sit courtside during Davis Cup matches and are permitted to give advice throughout the match.

Williams has split opinion around the world with her behaviour during the straight-sets defeat to Naomi Osaka.

During an appearance on Ellen, Osaka also explained how she remained composed while Williams flipped out on umpire Carlos Ramos, and how she feels as the reigning champ.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same". In comparison, I never saw Nadal shouting like that with an umpire.

"I've seen a lot of people get called for coaching before, and you might have a grumble and stuff, but you get on with it".

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"We should not let her record, as glowing as it is, overshadow the fact that on this day, in this match Williams was wrong", Ings wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald. She later was penalized for racket abuse and forfeited an entire game for calling Ramos "a thief".

At the press conference after the match, Williams said that the umpire's sanctions were an act of sexism, according to CNN.

While Williams was immediately backed by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and hailed as a hero by countless feminists and the establishment media, Ramos kept quiet, as International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules bar umpires from commenting on their matches. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff". "It made me feel like it was a sexist remark", she told reporters on Saturday. "I'm not going to say, 'Oh, I can't draw that because that's a no-go area.' What does that say about the way the world's going?" For me, it blows my mind.

'I was really happy she said that'. Everyone who has experienced discrimination can empathise with her passionate plea. Players get upset on court, players get code violations on court.

From there, Williams summoned the tournament referee to the court and said male tennis players are not punished for similar offences. She was one of the main reasons that tennis chose to investigate video replay technology on the courts after several bad calls went against her in the 2004 US Open quarterfinals, she has been described as "scary" to look at by the president of the Russian Tennis Federation, she has been handed penalties that wouldn't otherwise have been given to men. She was called emotional, her rage labelled a meltdown, a tantrum.