Serena 'out of line' but both sides share blame, says King

Women's Tennis Association chief Steve Simon backs Serena Williams in US Open sexism row

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

Some black women say Serena Williams' experience at the U.S. Open final resonates with them.

Williams was fined $23,800 for her code violations in the final - $14,000 for "verbal abuse" of Ramos, $5,600 for being warned for coaching, and $4,200 for breaking her racquet.

Chair umpires took center stage at Flushing Meadows this year, more than at any other tournament in recent memory, and culminated with Serena Williams being reduced to tears at her treatment in the women's final.

USTA president Katrina Adams celebrated Williams' class in the post-match presentation, and the WTA seemingly backed her claim that the penalties were sexist in a statement.

Something that I didn't know before reading about the boycott chatter: There's no umpiring union in tennis.

"There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials", the senior figure told the Guardian.

"Had I behaved like that on a tennis court, I would have expected to get everything that happened to Serena", Navratilova also said, Fox News reported.

Umpires are forbidden by contract from speaking out to the press, but one retired ump was able to voice the views of his brethren.

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Richard Ings, a retired, elite Gold Badge umpire told ESPN.com on Tuesday. They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos. It's a delicate situation, but "à la carte" arbitration does not exist.

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As Senator Sasse himself acknowledged during his CNN appearance on Sunday, his supposed independence is a well-worn pose at this point.

'Do not worry about me!'

The umpire at the centre of the Williams controversy insists he is fine - and says it is not possible to umpire a tennis match "a la carte".

"I have never cheated in my life!" Williams then received a second violation when she smashed her racket in frustration, which caused her to lose a point.

If it's the WTA/USTA they're mad at, though, then I don't understand the point of limiting the boycott to Williams.

"But the biggest goal in the winners is usually to stay locked in on why they're out there on the court in the first place and not let anybody try to get in the way".

Williams' defeat came after she was issued a code violation for receiving coaching, a common practice in the sport.

Rogers is obviously no stranger to criticism, but even he thinks Knight went too far in this case.

Ramos, having been relentlessly booed by the crowd, avoided venturing onto the streets the following day to avoid any potential confrontations. "Using those classic sambo tropes- enlarged lips, overexaggerated body parts to depict Serena as hyper masculine- next time just use an old ad from the 1800s- no one would notice the difference in your racism".

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