Tennis umpires are reportedly considering a boycott of matches involving Serena Williams after her incident with chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the USA open final, according to the United Kingdom paper The Times.
It defended Ramos in a statement on Monday: "Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis".
"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board", Adams continued. "You're a thief, too". Ramos penalized her a game for verbal abuse, something virtually unheard of in such an important match.
Much of the criticism of Williams has centred on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologise for beating the home favourite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos.
But it seems as she had been preparing for the moment for a long time.
Williams was fined $17,000, which is deducted from her prize money of $1.85 million as the tournament's runner-up.
Williams claimed the male umpire only handed her a game penalty because he was being sexist but Strycova disagrees with those remarks.
Mouratoglou admitted afterwards that he had tried to coach Williams, who said she never saw the Frenchman's gestures. Visibly angered by the accusation, Williams confronted Ramos.
As well as her mega-money Nike deal, Williams also boasts deals with top brands such as Intel, Audemars Piguet, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln, Gatorade and Beats. On the contrary, he praised Williams for showing "grace and class" in a situation in which Naomi Osaka, the victor in two sets, was overshadowed.
However, a perusal of Knight's body of editorial cartoons shows that no one is safe from his criticism and he regularly depicts all sorts of public figures in an unflattering light, grossly exaggerating their physical features.
Osaka's multi-racial identity is unusual in Japan, and she was asked at the news conference about how that factored into the Nissan relationship.
Knight is defending his work, saying, "I'm not a racist..."
"I was looking away, but I heard a lot of people in the crowd making noises, and I really wanted to turn around, but I didn't", Osaka said.