Serena Williams’ sexism claims at the US Open Final are backed by the WTA.
The dramatic final saw 20 year-old Naomi Osaka win her first ever Grand Slam Final against her childhood hero. However, her accomplishment was swamped in the controversy surrounding Serena Williams and her accusations towards the Chair Umpire Carlos Ramos.
Ramos gave Williams 3 code violations during the game resulting in a point and game deduction. The penalties were given for on court coaching in which Williams denies, racquet abuse and verbal abuse after she called him a “thief” and a “liar”. Williams continued to argue on court with tournament officials, claiming she was being treated differently to how a man would be in such circumstances
Steve Simon, Chief executive of the WTA released a statement. "The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done last night."
The International Tennis Federation however, has backed Ramos in the row over his handling of the US Open final, saying he acted with “professionalism and integrity”.
The awkward situation has highlighted a lack of equality within the game and has called for some sort of consistency across the board. Conversations regarding the matter will be imposed in the next weeks to minimise any claims of double standards within the sport.