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John McEnroe defends Serena Williams: 'I have said far worse'

John McEnroe defends Serena Williams: 'I have said far worse'

Much of the criticism of Williams has centred on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologise for beating the home favourite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos.

In the fallout of the incident, the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association both came out in support of Williams.

"There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials", an anonymous source told The Guardian. Will rules change in Serena's matches?

"Listen to the audio below as Clay says the greatest women's tennis player of all time went nuclear after being rightfully caught cheating and believes Serena was irresponsible and even unhinged by not only saying the judge was sexist but also saying she couldn't have cheated because 'She's a mother'".

The Japanese player's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000 (£12,975).

With Williams trailing Naomi Osaka 1-0 in the second set of Sunday's eventual 6-2, 6-4 loss, Ramos issued the six-time US Open champion a warning for allegedly receiving signals from her coach.

"When you're little you're taught not to look at if your opponent gets angry, you're told to just turn around and try to focus, so I tried to do that", Osaka said.




"In comparison, I never saw (Rafael) Nadal shouting like that with an umpire".

In sports, stuff happens and how an athlete copes with that stuff can determine whether he or she ends up with a championship.

"We should not let her record, as glowing as it is, overshadow the fact that on this day, in this match Williams was wrong", Ings wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald. For me, it blows my mind, but I'm going to continue to fight for women.

The umpires are now allegedly putting forth a united front to stick it to a woman who is already being hammered online by white news outlets, including one that portrayed Williams' as a tantrum-throwing Sambo looking baby with oversized lips and grotesque facial features.

Ramos penalized her a game for verbal abuse, something virtually unheard of in such an important match. "I have since texted her coach to make sure she understands that she is celebrated and how proud I am of her". When I was talking about the outcome, I was really talking about the behavior of the audience, of the fans.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing organization for international tennis.

"It's odd because that's an individual sport, but I got used to it".


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