ITF defends U.S. Open chair umpire Ramos

This cartoon of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka is being called out for presenting racist tropes

Billie Jean King Stands With Serena Williams After U.S. Open Controversy

Ramos was supported - albeit belatedly - by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), who said he acted with "professionalism and integrity" while the United States Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association had earlier backed Williams' claims that she received unfair treatment.

Though I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., there was always a semblance of Midwestern-ness in my household growing up. Standing alongside a tearful Osaka during the trophy presentation she said, "I don't want to be rude. This is not a joke", said Vanessa K. De Luca, former editor in chief of Essence magazine, who wrote a column about the U.S. Open furor.

The athlete, who regularly rubs shoulders with Hollywood A-listers, also dropped her own clothing line this year - but not after over a decade of hard work and rejection from a rigid fashion industry.

But where I digress from the 23-time major champion is that this instance was an irresponsible time to explode in the manner and on the topic she did. However, you don't see the top guys like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic take it so far because they know better, and especially not in a Slam final!

Ramos ultimately charged Williams with three infractions: the illegal coaching, racket abuse, and- after calling Ramous a "thief" and a "liar"- another violation for verbal abuse.

In the illustration, Williams is shown jumping on a racket and next to it is a baby pacifier. I can't think of a single game where players would get away with verbally accosting officials.

Belarusian player Victoria Azarenka, commenting on the coaching issue, said it bothers her to have inconsistent rules.

And she achieved that, by besting her idol.

Williams' timing on Saturday may have been off but there was a sense that these were longstanding frustrations that erupted from within her.

NAOMI Osaka has spoken about the mixed emotions she felt after beating her childhood idol Serena Williams in a US Open final marred by controversy. That crowd would have reigned fire down upon that 20-year-old. A decade ago, that would have been unheard of, but such is the impact the Williams sisters have made on tennis' changing demographic. She and her father Richard were subjected to ugly, racial taunts from the crowd. This led to a second code violation and her opponent was given a point.

Her composure and how calm she played was really impressive. "They are badgering the chair umpires on the changeover".

I sat in the Flushing Meadow stands and watched both of these women power through their semi-finals. Serena has taken that far in the past as we saw in 2011 and in 2009 at the US Open.

"I won fame for talking to my nephew from the box during the matches, and on occasion the referees told Rafael, "Tell your uncle to shut up", or they showed me with their eyes that they were vigilant".

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