Tennis Umpires Considering Boycott of Serena Williams' Matches After US Open Meltdown

Serena Williams argues with the chair umpire and match referee in the US Open final

Serena Williams argues with the chair umpire and match referee in the US Open final

She later said Ramos' treatment of her was sexist because male players have said worse things and not been punished the way she was.

"I saw the world number one tennis player have a huge hissy fit and spit the dummy".

Melbourne's Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight's caricature of Williams throwing a tantrum at the US Open was originally printed on Monday, attracting widespread condemnation from across the world. According to the Telegraph, such violations have risen since 2009 among women after the Women's Tennis Association began allowing a coach to visit his or her player at one changeover per set.

The cartoon took away from the original scandal that erupted around Williams' behaviour during the most recent US Open women's final.

The newspaper also posted a news story on the reaction to the cartoon, arguing that it was mostly people outside of Australia who disapproved of it.

Mr Michael Miller, executive chairman of News Corp Australasia, which publishes the Herald Sun, defended the cartoonist, saying the world "misunderstands the role of news media cartoons and satire". It had nothing to do with gender or race, ' he said.

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Herald Sun editor Mark Johnston tweeted that Knight has the "full support" of the paper.

As the controversy rumbled on, Ramos spoke out to say that "a la carte arbitration does not exist", amid rumblings that umpires would boycott future matches involving Serena. "I have since texted her coach to make sure she understands that she is celebrated and how proud I am of her". Navratilova said, "It wasn't the right time to bring it up", and that she would have expected to face similar penalties for acting as Williams did.

The International Tennis Federation stood by Ramos' stance and praised him for acting with "professionalism and integrity".

"There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials", the person told the Guardian. The USTA praised Williams for her conduct after the match, whereas WTA CEO Steve Simon said that "there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women".

"In her straight sets loss to Naomi Osaka, Williams was simply outplayed and lost her temper in a huge and ill-disciplined blow-up".

"I think the umpire did what was within his rights", he told BBC Sport ahead of Britain's Davis Cup tie with Uzbekistan in Glasgow.

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