WTA comes out in support of Serena Williams after chair umpire row

first_imgWomen’s Tennis Association (WTA) has come out in support of Serena Williams after the tennis superstar alleged the chair umpire for double standards and said that she was a victim of sexism.Serena was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka in the women’s singles final on Saturday, and American and critics inside and outside of tennis argued that she wasn’t treated the same as some male players.WTA is now calling for equal treatment of all tennis players and coaching to be allowed across the sport.”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. We do not believe that this was done last night,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.READ – Serena Williams fined USD 17000 for rule violations in US Open finalMen’s champion Novak Djokovic said he thought Ramos should not have pushed Serena so hard.”Just maybe changed – not maybe, but he did change the course of the match,” Djokovic said. “Was, in my opinion, maybe unnecessary. We all go through our emotions, especially when you’re fighting for a Grand Slam trophy.”But he disagreed with Simon that men and women are treated differently. Serena Williams was fined for three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the US Open final. (Reuters Photo)”I don’t see things as Mr. Simon does. I really don’t,” Djokovic said. “I think men and women are, you know, treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation. It’s hard to generalize things, really. I don’t see it’s necessary really to debate that.”advertisementREAD – Naomi Osaka stuns Serena Williams in controversial final to lift maiden US Open titleThe first violation given to Williams was for coaching, which isn’t allowed during any men’s matches but is permitted on the women’s tour except in Grand Slam tournaments.Though Williams said she follows the rules and never receives coaching during a match, coach Patrick Mouratoglou acknowledged that he does it and says it’s well known throughout the sport that all coaches do.”We also think the issue of coaching needs to be addressed and should be allowed across the sport,” Simon said. “The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed.”READ – Is Serena Williams a bad loser? Opinions after Naomi Osaka wins US OpenTennis great Billie Jean King wrote on Twitter: “When a woman is emotional, she’s “hysterical” and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.”(1/2) Several things went very wrong during the @usopen Womens Finals today. Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis. It isnt, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach. This should not happen.Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 9, 2018(2/2) When a woman is emotional, shes hysterical and shes penalized for it. When a man does the same, hes outspoken & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 9, 2018It all started in the second game of the second set, after Osaka had won the first set 6-2, when chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Serena a warning as he spotted her coach Patrick Mouratoglou making some hand signals from the player’s box.Serena immediately stormed towards the umpire remarking that she had received no on-court coaching and that she had never cheated in her life. She remarked, “I would never cheat to win, I’d rather lose.”And that was just the start. As Osaka kept mounting pressure on Serena, a string of bad behaviour from the American followed.After their initial service holds in the second set, Serena held on to a very tough second service and immediately, broke Osaka to take a 3-1 lead in the second set.However, Osaka going a break down roared back with vengeance and broke Serena immediately after to go back on serve.Upon losing her serve, Serena smashed her racket in anger that led to the umpire docking a point off her. Buoyed by the extra point, Osaka went on to hold her serve with a couple of excellent forehands to make it 3-3.advertisementSerena, troubled by the docked point, lost her serve again as Osaka took a 4-3 and it was after that things took a worse turn.The 23-time Grand Slam champion kept screaming at the chair umpire demanding an apology, Ramos remained unmoved.However, it was then that Serena resorted to calling Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” for docking a point off her.”You are a liar. You will never be on a court of mine as long as you live. When are you going to give me my apology? Say you are sorry,” Serena screamed.The umpire levied a ‘verbal abuse’ code violation on Serena that led to a game penalty and there erupted an immense controversy.Osaka automatically went up 5-3 without having to hold serve. Serena got fired up due to the call and called for the tournament referee. However, all that happened was Serena screaming, “it’s not fair”.”This is not fair. This has happened to me so many times. It is not fair. It’s really not. There are a lot of men out here who have said a lot worse than that. I called him a thief because he stole a point from me. That is not right, and you know it. I know you can’t change it. I get the rules but I’m just saying that it’s not right,” Serena said to supervisor Brian Earley.(With inputs from AP)last_img

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