"The rules are what they are, but the umpire has discretion, and Ramos chose to give Williams very little latitude in a match where the stakes were highest". "In fact, this is the sort of behaviour that no one should be engaging in on the court".
"Character is the essence of what was going on there, she was so upset about that, those kids (Serena and Venus) have been brought up to play by the rules". "Mr Ramos's decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Ms Williams for the three offences".
Her stance was swiftly backed by the WTA Tour's chief executive Steve Simon, and U.S. great Billie-Jean King, both of whom also questioned the initial code violation handed to Williams for on-court coaching.
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Novak Djokovic screamed at Ramos during the 2018 Wimbledon tournament, threw his racket, and even pretended to throw the ball at the umpire, but never lost a point or a game. "These are conversations that will be imposed in the next weeks", she said.
Williams was unhappy at the violation call and complained to Ramos she hadn't taken any signals.
But she added, "I don't believe it's a good idea to apply a standard of 'If men can get away with it, women should be able to, too.' Rather, I think the question we have to ask ourselves is this: What is the right way to behave to honor our sport and to respect our opponents?"
King also penned an essay with the Washington Post that expanded on the ways that Williams, in particular, is treated differently than other athletes because of her identity.
Serena Williams may be the greatest athlete of all time, but that hasn't stopped the professional tennis player from receiving what many view as misogynistic treatment on the court. "I think that's probably the context of the conversation". Williams, furious over the first call, approached the net and told Ramos: "I don't cheat".
Serena Williams has been the victim of misogyny and racism throughout her life, but that does not make her immune from sanction when she steps out of line. A woman faced down sexism, and the match went on. "We regret that there has been a controversy because of a simple issue: When the club hired the charter flight, it was not expected that the women's team would travel." a club spokesperson clarified. "We'll get through it. Let's not boo anymore".