Serena handed $17,000 fine for US Open final conduct

Posted September 10, 2018

Tetsuo Osaka, 73, was watching the women's singles final on TV at home here, the southeastern tip of the northern main island, with his family on the early morning of September 9 as his granddaughter became the first female Grand Slam singles tennis champion born in Japan. Murray called him out on it, saying during a changeover, "I didn't say "stupid umpire", I said "stupid umpiring".

Williams was given a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and finally a game penalty for calling the umpire a "thief" and "a liar".

Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the US Tennis Association in the wake her outburst during a controversial US Open final loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka. According to the rule book, players are subject to fines up to $20,000 for each of those offences. In tennis, one of the capacities most valued is self-reliance - the ability to direct one's performance in competition unaided by others. Serena denied the allegation, but her coach admitted to it later.

The 23-time Grand Slam champ didn't elaborate on the previous incidents, but in 2009 she was docked a point after she was deemed verbally abusive to a lineswoman.

Many, Ings included, believe Ramos followed the rule book to the letter - and should be lauded for having the courage to call the violations as he saw them.

Answering a comment from Julie Di Caro, Knight wrote: "Well Julie here's a cartoon I drew a few days before when Australian male tennis player Kyrgios at the US Open was behaving badly". Speaking to the referee to protest Ramos' call, she argued that male players aren't punished for similar, or worse, actions. "I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose". "No, I don't do that".

While Osaka's family, including her sister, is mostly fluent in Japanese, she struggles with it.

"You could tell Serena was wary of Osaka's power", added Date.

"I think there is a lot of buzz back home but I haven't really checked social media yet. This is the impression I have".

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"I support him 110%". Tough thing for a chair umpire to deal with, as well.

Chair Umpire Carlos Ramos infuriated Serena when he handed her a warning for receiving coaching from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou from the stands.

The 20-year-old apologised after the match, and on Monday said she felt like the crowd had not got the ending they wanted. Are we going to have coaching? Everyone knows this. It's on the commercials, it's everywhere." she said, "When I step onto the court, I feel like a different person. "You're a thief, man". But he has certainly not been reticent to penalize men.

She was slapped with a hat-trick of code violations.

Former world number one Williams questioned Ramos after the match, accusing the umpire of sexism, and Simon agreed the 36-year-old had been treated unfairly. "His history with men players shows that". Male tennis players take their shirts off on the court all the time without effect, complained people who see no difference between a man's chest and a woman's chest.

Those views were shared by BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker, who said: "I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and they haven't been given a violation".

"We all see how the Japanese fans flock to see Kei Nishikori", said Tiley. "It doesn't change anything for me", she said. "He's always been a great umpire".

She repeatedly demanded an apology from Ramos.