Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australian cartoonist faces backlash after 'racist' cartoon on Serena Williams

Australian cartoonist faces backlash after 'racist' cartoon on Serena Williams

"You stole a point from me; you're a thief, too", Williams told Ramos, bringing about her third violation after calling him a "thief" and "liar" - a verbal abuse violation, causing an automatic game loss in the second set.

However, the match will be more remembered for Williams' outrageous behaviour in which she was given a code violation after her coach Patrick Mourataoglu appeared to be instructing her from the stands.

An anonymous official told The Times that there is a consensus that umpires were "not supported" by the USTA on several occasions, and that Ramos was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it".

One source, who has been privy to some of the discussions, said: "Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies".

"We always had to go by the rules", Court, who dominated tennis during the 1960s and early 1970s, said according to a report in The Australian.

Ramos was unable to defend himself in public in NY as the row escalated over the weekend as ITF rules prevent umpires from commenting on their matches.

Fellow umpires don't want to be the next Carlos Ramos. Mr Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for three offences. Another thing I learned is that even elite "Gold Badge" umpires like Ramos who get assigned to the finals of Grand Slam tournaments get paid next to nothing to do so.

He received praise from the ITF for his professionalism in one of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time.

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"It is understandable that this high profile and regrettable incident should provoke debate", the ITF added.

Since the match, umpires have backed Ramos, saying they are "disturbed" by Williams' poor behavior and the lack of defense for Ramos, Fox News reported.

The 20-year-old Japanese cried at the reaction from spectators and has since admitted to being "a little bit sad".

"At the end of the day, I hope everybody understands and celebrates Naomi because she's the U.S. Open champion and that's pretty dope". Her conduct, which earned her a game penalty during Saturday's defeat by Naomi Osaka, and her comments that a male player would not have been penalised in the same way, have split the tennis world. "As an umpire you're supposed to keep the flow of the match going and he did just the opposite". Plus he always had the courage to enforce the rules, no matter the player, court or occasion, ' wrote Seabra.

"The point is he (Ramos) aggravated the situation, instead of "I'm not attacking your character" which is the most important thing he could have said".

The CEO of the Women's Tennis Association, Steve Simon, quickly issued a statement of support for Serena, saying Sunday that his organization "believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women" and that it did "not believe that this was done last night".

"We do not believe that this was done (Saturday)". If it happened in the men's match, it would not happen again.

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