Novak Djokovic Speaks Out, Sides With Serena Williams Over US Open Incident

Serena fined $17000 after US Open final outburst

The 23-time Grand Slam champion has faced racist attacks for most of her career, and after the match Saturday, she said she believes sexism is rampant in the sport.

Well Julie here's a cartoon I drew a few days before when Australian male tennis player Kyrgios at the US Open was behaving badly.

"I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff".

The cartoon, which was drawn by Mark Knight of the Herald Sun, a newspaper based in Melbourne, Australia, shows a depiction of Williams stomping on her racket.

CNN's Poppy Harlow on Monday ran a lengthy 10-minute segment with guest Christine Brennan of USA Today on the outburst and penalizing of tennis star Serena Williams, during which no blame or even criticism was offered regarding the player's outburst, and the shabby treatment of fellow female tennis star, and victor, Naomi Osaka was glossed over.

After Williams" "catsuit' was banned at the French Open in August, the athlete is now dealing with the policing of her words in addition to her clothing.




"I definitely feel sympathy for her because I was actually commentating on the match and I witnessed the whole thing unfolding and it was incredibly dramatic", Croft told ITV's Good Morning Britain.

Her stance was swiftly backed by the WTA Tour's chief executive Steve Simon and USA great Billie Jean King, both of whom also questioned the initial code violation handed to Williams for on-court coaching. "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief". "I mean, like, he's never took a game from a man because they said 'thief.' For me, it blows my mind". "Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person".

In fact, Harlow and Brennan strongly implied the only real issue was the fact that Williams argued with a judge. While Kanell thinks that the warnings were independent of that, Bell thinks that Ramos took it more personally because Williams is a woman.

Williams isn't the only tennis player to find herself at the center of a gender-focused controversy. "I think that was poor form", said Vandeweghe. First of all, she's amusing. Secondly, she exhibits zero ego or diva behavior. But as you'll see, she was super chill about it, even fetching her own balls, and jogging to do it because she knew we were rolling.

Author JK Rowling wrote on Twitter: "Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop".

Williams was one of only two women punished for on-court coaching, alongside Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, while no men were penalised for this offence.

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