Male tennis players punished more than women

039;You should be able to do half what a guy can' – Serena speaks on sexism data suggests otherwise

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Those three words arrived in the Twittersphere pre-packaged in that familiar post-internet snark, dripping with equal measures of pit-sweat and eye-roll.

Australian Tennis great Todd Woodbridge calls for tennis players to unite for rule changes. The incident led to scores of Williams' supporters coming to her defence but also to widespread criticism, especially on social media, of the 23-time Grand Slam victor. Now more than ever, sport has gone from recreation for the masses to a battleground in the increasingly unavoidable culture war.

The 23-time grand slam champion vehemently denied that accusation and, after smashing her racket having been broken in the second set, was docked a point by Ramos.

She also called Ramos a "thief" for taking a point from her.

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Williams was issued a warning for coaching, something her coach sitting in the stands, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted to doing. The warning incensed Williams, not only because coaching hand gestures have become so common in the modern era of tennis and nearly always go unpunished, but especially because it called her character into question.

"I saw how Serena was being treated, and then I thought about coming back to my locker one day as a player, and there was [a reporter] in my chair", said Aaron, who endured racist taunts and death threats as he marched toward Babe Ruth's record.

"You know, before., I feel like a tennis player playing another tennis player, but when I hugged her at the net, I felt like a little girl again".

"Williams was absolutely marvellous towards Osaka after the match".

Carlos Ramos, the umpire at the heart of the astonishing controversy during the women's US Open final at Flushing Meadows on Saturday evening, returns to work today, as he sits in the high chair for the Davis Cup match between Croatia and the United States in Zadar.

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The 36-year-old had already had a point penalty for smashing her racquet and a code violation for coaching when she was penalised further for calling Ramos a "thief" and a "liar" in NY. "Maybe it's coincidence", Williams said.

"I've seen other men call other umpires several things", she said.

"If I say something I can tweet it out right now and the whole world can read it, and you can own that", he said.

"Growing up, my dad drove a Nissan, so being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels like I've come full circle", she said Thursday, speaking mostly in English at the vehicle company's headquarters in Yokohama, according to Reuters.

American player Steve Johnson added: "Look, I don't want this to come out the wrong way, but he enforced rules that have been enforced on me over the years". Everyone who has experienced discrimination can empathise with her passionate plea. After dropping the next game, Ms Williams completely lost her composure and threw a temper tantrum like a four-year-old.

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But much of the ensuing outrage chose to ignore Williams' claims of unfair treatment. Williams was being punished for being a prat, not because she was a woman, or indeed a woman of colour, as some people have suggested.

"We need to have continuity between the men's game, the women's game and the grand slams".

And whoever that might be could start off by establishing what the standards are when it comes to two of the biggest issues that arose in Williams vs. Ramos - coaching and umpiring.

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