Australian cartoonist defends Serena Williams sketch labelled 'racist' by J K Rowling

Carla Harmon
September 12, 2018

She and others like her say Williams' experience resonates with them because they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not.

That question, coming on the heels of questions over scheduling of women's matches at the Australian Open and widely criticized remarks by French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli suggesting the "Black Panther" catsuit Williams wore at the French Open was somehow "disrespectful", has intensified debate on gender bias in the game.

Williams was fined $17,000 for the violations by the United States Tennis Association, in addition to having points deducted during the match by Ramos.

Williams had demanded an apology from Ramos during her rant and later called the punishment "sexist", while claiming she was fighting for women's rights because male players got away with similar antics.

Adding the new deal and current sponsors to with her $3.8 million US Open prize money, Osaka's reported income would catapult her to second in Forbes' current list of highest paid female athletes.


Martina Navratilova applauding Serena Williams after Williams' victory in the 2015 French Open women's singles final.

Chair umpires and other officials are shaken by what they perceive as a lack of official support for chair umpire Carlos Ramos, given that his actions against Serena Williams during Saturday's US Open women's final were well within the rules.

It's just the latest example of Williams confronting sexism in and around her sport but it may be the most profound and publicly visible moment yet. For me it blows my mind. "Whether you agree with the umpire or not, I don't think sexism played a role in that".

"So much of what she experiences we experience in the workplace, too", said Willingham, a professor of criminal justice at the State University of NY at Plattsburgh. "Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person".

However, Richard Ing a former umpire professional says Williams needs to apologize.


Andy Murray kicked a ball at an umpire's head during a 2016 match, but did not get a code or point penalty.

"We know he's a black and white guy". I said, "They're impossible".

Musician Ciara also posted a message of support for her friend.

"A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that", he was quoted on The Herald Sun.

USA open champion Naomi Osaka is poised to sign a record-breaking endorsement deal with Adidas as the fallout from Serena Williams' grand final meltdown drags on. In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court.


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