In her post-match news conference Williams said she was she “was not being coached” and that she “did not understand” why Mouratoglou would say he was doing so. “When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” and there are no repercussions”, King tweeted late Saturday. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. “More voices are needed to do the same”.
“I can’t really form an opinion yet”. The Frenchman later admitted he was trying to coach his player. “But then when I hugged her at the net…when I hugged her at the net I felt like a little kid again”.
The second violation also cost her a point in the match, sparking her renewed verbal attack on Ramos, a code violation which carried a $10,000 fine. The convention of tolerance towards coaching is a bad convention – it undermines one of the sport’s central tests and, in so doing, it blurs the distinction between those who possess the virtue and those who do not.
Newly-crowned US Open champion Novak Djokovic has refused to take sides in the much-talked-about altercation involving Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the women’s singles final on Saturday.
Although Osaka moved to the USA at the early age of three, her dedicated mother, who took care to ensure that her daughters grew up on a healthy and balanced diet, made “99 per cent Japanese food” for the girls. The second one came after the frustrated American superstar smashed her racket on the court.
The U.K. Guardian’s Kevin Mitchell, meanwhile, wrote, “She was correct to suggest men verbally abuse umpires all the time and get away with it”.
From there, Williams summoned the tournament referee to the court and said male tennis players were not punished for similar offences.
“Yesterday’s match showcased one of tennis’ new stars as well as one of the greatest players of the game”, Simons concluded.
“To play like that in her first Grand Slam final was just unbelievable”, Date told AFP.
Speaking on his LBC show, he said: “I’m sorry, that is absolutely as plain as day”.
The perspective from Japan on Monday: Osaka is being embraced as Japanese despite her mixed background. The suggestion of one columnist that Ramos’ position in a high chair during the match was itself a symbol of entrenched privilege overlooks the very reason for such positioning: the official is required to have a perspective on the match that the committed competitors can not.
A first offense is usually met with a warning, a second by a point penalty, and a third with the loss of a game. “Ultimately, we are comfortable with how the match was handled”.
“The decisions made by Ramos had nothing to do with sexism or racism”. Role models don’t exist in an unattainable world of humility and grace, and as Williams has demonstrated, they wear their emotions on their sleeves and are unafraid to call out injustices as they see it. “It was a tough thing for a chair umpire to deal with, as well”.
She transcends tennis where even those who are not sports fans celebrate her boldness, her outspoken nature and her confidence.