It seems that as well as Serena Williams can swing a racket she just can’t catch a break.
Serena Williams had a altercation with umpire Carlos Ramos during the Us Open Finals and was handed three fines totaling $17,000 and is now calling out sexism in tennis. $4,000 for being warned for coaching after her coach made a hand gesture to her, $3,000 for breaking her racket and $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, whom she accused of sexism.
The U.S. Tennis Association confirmed to ABC News on Sunday that $17,000 will be deducted from Serena Williams’ $1.85 million check as the runner-up to Naomi Osaka, who became the the first tennis player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles title on Saturday.
After that the altercation the Herald Sun, published the caricature of Williams with exaggerated lips, stomping on her tennis racket on Monday.
Australia’s finest cartoonist Mark Knight has the strongest support of his colleagues for his depiction of Serena Williams’ petulance. It’s about bad behaviour, certainly not race. The PC brigade are way off the mark…again. pic.twitter.com/CeHaoRG6gf
— Peter Blunden (@PeterBlunden_) September 11, 2018
The image triggered widespread allegations of racism against illustrator Mark Knight.
Knight defended himself by tweeting out another recent cartoon he’d drawn of male Australian player, Nick Kyrgios.
“Here’s a cartoon I drew a few days before when Australian male tennis player Kyrgios at the US Open was behaving badly,” Knight tweeted, along with the cartoon. “Don’t bring gender into it when it’s all about behaviour. I’ll accept your apology in writing.”