Ex-umpire: US Open umpire Carlos Ramos 'thrown under bus'

Serena Williams posted the pic of her daughter two days before the US Open final. Image Getty  TwitterMore

Serena Williams posted the pic of her daughter two days before the US Open final. Image Getty TwitterMore

Many officials were also left angry with the fact that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) took almost 48 hours to defend Ramos, on Monday (Sept 10) afternoon, by which time the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) had supported Williams' claims of sexism after she was given a game penalty for her behaviour during her defeat by Naomi Osaka.

Williams's critics, though, including 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova, have slammed Williams for her outburst. "The point is he [Ramos] aggravated the situation".

Williams clashed with Ramos over penalties she thought she did not deserve and ultimately lost to Naomi Osaka, a 20-year-old player born in Japan.

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos docked Serena Williams a game during the US Open final for "verbal abuse".

"I have never cheated in my life!" For me it blows my mind.

In the cartoon, Knight showed the umpire asking tournament victor Naomi Osaka "can't you just let her win?".

The final offence saw Williams call Ramos "a liar" and "a thief".

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The second violation came when Williams smashed her racquet, and yelled at Ramos again.

"Criticism of Mark Knight's Serena Williams cartoon shows the world has gone too PC & misunderstands the role of news media cartoons and satire", he said. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" and there are no repercussions.

"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalised for it". "We are not. We are also speaking up".

That question, coming on the heels of questions over scheduling of women's matches at the Australian Open and widely criticized remarks by French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli suggesting the "Black Panther" catsuit Williams wore at the French Open was somehow "disrespectful", has intensified debate on gender bias in the game.

King said she hoped the incident would bring about needed changes to the sport, including allowing for direct communication between the umpire and the fans over a loudspeaker and ending the ban on coaching during Grand Slam matches. "This is an opportunity for us to get it right". The stakes then became even higher when two of the most senior administrators in the sport endorsed Williams' comments and laid the blame squarely at the umpire's door.

"She's going to be a superstar and she already is, but now it's just the beginning", King said. She played incredible tennis; regardless of how Serena behaved, maybe Naomi Osaka would have won that match anyway. "She has been dedicated to tennis - she deserved her moment and unfortunately she didn't get it and everything has been overshadowed by Serena's behaviour".

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