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

Jim Crow memorabilia’ Australian cartoonist attacked for 'racist' Serena Williams caricature

"Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences", the ITF said in a statement.

Ramos issued three code violations to Williams during a highly-charged title decider against Japanese 20-year-old Naomi Osaka, who triumphed 6-2 6-4 to clinch her first Grand Slam.

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Carlos Ramos has been praised for acting with "professionalism and integrity" by the International Tennis Federation after the umpire was labelled a liar and a thief by Serena Williams during the American star's US Open final meltdown.

The ITF's support for Ramos comes after the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) expressed disappointment over the handling of the match and the USTA's plans to review of its communication policies after a string of umpiring controversies. I think people have just misinterpreted.

"They are badgering the umpire on the changeovers, and nothing happens".

These comments are made without a moment's thought for all the umpires who are in the chair this week in Chicago, Quebec City and Hiroshima, and in the weeks and months to come. Their authority is instantly undermined.

The women's pro tour agreed. Reform would be welcome, but do not hold your breath.

Marcos Baghdatis smashed four rackets during the 2012 Australian Open, but didn't lose a point or a game.

"He never took a game from a man because he said 'thief, '" Williams said.

There is too much sexism in tennis. But that should not be used as a smokescreen to excuse the behaviour of the 23-time Grand Slam champion.

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates in her Women's Singles Final match against Venus Williams of the United States on day 13 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. Top umpires are also considering the formation of a union, according to a report Tuesday, in part because they are not allowed to discuss specific matches. And if WTA players do feel strongly that umpires treat them more harshly then men, then this needs to be investigated.

And here at the US Open, victor Coco Vandeweghe was unhappy the women's doubles presentation was cut short to allow the men's singles final to start on time. We shouldn't have to carry that extra weight on our back in anything that we do.

"The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed". Coaches do it all the time, but it is impossible for umpires to police consistently.

"Yesterday brought to the forefront the question of whether different standards are applied to men and women in the officiating of matches", Simon said on Sunday.

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