Male tennis players "thrice as likely" to be punished, report claims

Paola Ditto
Settembre 16, 2018

Great Britain Davis Cup star Jamie Murray has rejected claims that male tennis players receive preferential treatment from umpires following Serena Williams' insinuation that sexism played a role in the code violations she received during the US Open final.

After the match, Williams, playing in her third Grand Slam since giving birth to her daughter last September, took a more measured perspective on whether tournament officials had targeted her in an event she had won six times.

Born to a Haitian father, Leonard "San" François, and a Japanese mother, Tamaki Osaka in October, 1997, Naomi and her older sister, Mari were given their mother's maiden name for practical reasons when the family lived in Japan.

What happened at Flushing Meadows was not a one-off, it was the culmination of years of being demeaned with racial epithets in real life and online, of being deemed less commercially valuable than blond female tennis stars, of having her body either mocked or overly sexualized. As Soraya Chemaly writes in her new book, Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger, "When women assert themselves, whether they are openly angry or not, they often encounter social opprobrium, invalidation, backlash, and punishment".

Serena's tantrums must have spoiled, even a little bit, what should have been a wonderful and memorable moment for Naomi, who said that Serena was her idol, and who, when asked what she was thinking about during the semi-final match with Keyes, replied, with a smile, "I was thinking, I really wanted to play Serena".

"From my name, they don't expect to see a black girl".

Osaka, now ranked seventh in the world, is aiming to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore at the end of the season.

She described Williams' behavior on court as "out of line".

In a fit of rage, Serena threw her racket to the ground, damaging it in the process.

"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist". I'm sure she realises that now.

6-2, 6-4, should have been enough to do so.

Fearless, determined, fierce and aggressive, she matched Serena serve for serve, return for return, aggressively going for the shots that left the audience in disbelief.

Mr Chiu put the blame for the debacle on the umpire, Carlos Ramos.

Williams smashed her racquet, breaking it, bringing about her second violation for racquet abuse, resulting in a point penalty. "We've never had signals".

She was involved in a row with Ramos mid-match that saw her label him a "thief" and a "liar" for receiving coaching during the fame.

Compatriot, Kei Nishikori came close four years ago but lost to Marin Cilic in straights.

The American claimed it was "sexist" and her view was endorsed by former champion Billie-Jean King, who said there was a "double standard". "Don't worry about me", Ramos said while speaking to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso, according to The Associated Press. You're a thief too.

Nissan joins a number of companies that have signed partnership deals with Osaka, such as Adidas, AG, Nissin Foods Co, Yonex Co and Citizen Watch Co. She added that Ramos could have prevented the incident with clear communication.

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