Australian cartoonist faces backlash after 'racist' cartoon on Serena Williams

Women's Tennis Association chief Steve Simon backs Serena Williams in US Open sexism row

This cartoon of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka is being called out for presenting racist tropes

"First of all as an umpire you're supposed to keep the flow of the match going and he did just the opposite".

Williams demanded to speak to the tournament referee after the final decision, but it was not overturned.

Many have taken to social media to call out Knight's racist and sexist cartoon.

Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, admitted after the match he was coaching from the stands, but also insisted "everyone is doing it 100 per cent of the time".

Though the umpires have no union to organize such a boycott, that may change.

Ings said that while refs are upset and legitimately concerned about favoritism toward Williams and against them, an actual boycott isn't likely because of the lack of an umpire union and the relatively small number of top-level officials, of which Ramos is considered one.

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Several umpires are privately pushing for an officials' union, the newspaper reported.

"Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies", a source told The Guardian.

Professional tennis player Mardy Fish had sympathy for the racquet, but not the umpire's calls.

Umpires are forbidden by contract from speaking out to the press, but one retired ump was able to voice the views of his brethren.

'They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos.

Ramos, who is Portuguese, broke his silence on Tuesday in a brief interview with Portuguese publication Tribuna Expresso.

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While unable to comment specifically on the Williams incident, he said: "It's a delicate situation". But umpiring "a la carte" is something that does not exist. "Do not worry about me!"

"I have never cheated in my life!"

A few games later Williams smashed a racket after losing a game to go 4-3 behind.

The argument over Williams' emotional response to umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open has largely circulated around the question of whether Williams was treated differently due to her gender. "And you just have to live with it".

"We always draw people in a way to ridicule and demean, but this seems to dehumanize her", Jones said.

FitzSimons revealed that he had been watching the women's final live on Sunday morning when the drama unfolded and he believed while Williams might have had a valid point, she will look back on it over time and realise it wasn't one of the finest moments of her career.

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Williams accused Ramos of sexism, claiming that men get away with much worse behavior than she was penalized for. That match descended into chaos - with thousands of spectators booing and both players crying during the trophy ceremony - after Williams confronted Ramos about his rulings. She spoke about Naomi Osaka then, saying, "Naomi Osaka didn't lose control and that's why she won the match, If all the drama didn't happen then I think Osaka would have won the match anyway, because she was the better player on the day".

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