Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Fairfax Roasts Rival News In Witty Spoof Of The Serena Williams Controversy

Fairfax Roasts Rival News In Witty Spoof Of The Serena Williams Controversy

Ramos is back in the umpire's chair this weekend when Croatia host the United States in a Davis Cup tie in Zadar and U.S. captain Jim Courier said of the Williams incident: "It's been polarized and in some ways politicized". Later in the same set, Ramos cited her for breaking her racket in frustration, and when she called him a "thief" for the resulting penalty that cost her a point, he issued a third violation that cost her a game.

To the backdrop of all of this, The Telegraph have published an analysis of fines from all Grand Slam events since 1998, in order to ascertain whether female payers are treated more harshly than their male counterparts. "We do not believe that this was done last night", CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.

Umpires could refuse to accept the chair when Williams competes, but would call off the apparent protest if Williams apologises for her remarks.

Williams, who has since been fined $17,000 by the United States Tennis Association for the violations, vigorously disputed each of them during the match.

She said: "I think for this year my immediate goal would be to get to Singapore".

According to reports, she's agreed to an endorsement deal with Adidas that will pay her $8.5 million per year, which would be the richest deal in women's tennis. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard.

"I think that's a bit far-fetched", the Briton, who is the older brother of former world number one Andy Murray, told BBC Sport.

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'I think freedom of speech is so important.I hope that she can see the amusing side of it and I hope she is here in January.

After Ramos had to be escorted off court, Williams used her post-match press conference to suggest that men avoid such punishment for similar on-court behaviour.

"You are a liar", Williams said, while pointing her finger.

Coric beat Johnson for Croatia to lead 1-0.

The first violation was for coaching, which Williams argued against.

In the second set of Williams' match against Naomi Osaka, Ramos warned Williams for receiving coaching, which is against the rules in Grand Slam matches.

During a changeover, Williams resumed her argument with the umpire, this time saying he was attacking her character and was a "thief". Then Williams got a game penalty for the verbal abuse she directed towards Ramos.

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