Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

WTA calls for equal treatment of players, on-court coaching

WTA calls for equal treatment of players, on-court coaching

Tennis - Tennis legend Billie Jean King says there is a double standard in tennis when it comes to rules applied to women and men, after Serena Williams was penalized a game during her US Open final defeat against Naomi Osaka on Saturday night. That last violation incurred a game penalty for Williams, an extraordinarily rare action for Ramos to take in a Grand Slam final.

Williams lost her cool and verbally abused the umpire, calling him a "liar" and a "thief".

Williams, of course, was docked about $24,000, after verbally abusing chair umpire Carlos Ramos, being warned for coaching and breaking a racket.

Williams argued on court with tournament officials, claiming she was being treated differently to how a man would be in such circumstances, a theme she continued in her press conference.

In an interview with GQ, it was noted that one of the first things she mentioned was Overwatch, a popular video game.

"I've seen other men call other umpires several things". "It was a tough thing for a chair umpire to deal with, as well". She defeated former World No. 1 and her idol Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday. But I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal [rights].

US Open champion Naomi Osaka tweeted Sunday she was "grateful" for the chance to take on childhood hero Serena Williams for her first Grand Slam title. Here are 7 images of the two women on the day of the final.

When asked if she was aware of her popularity back home, Osaka said: "I'm not really sure. She is at the forefront of the next generation in women's tennis, someone possessing quite a mixture of powerful serve and strokes, enviable court speed and a preternatural calm".

WTA Tour chief executive Steve Simon has also said the sport should examine the rules on coaching, noting that his organisation allows on-court coaching during regular tour events if a player requests it. After a couple minutes of seemingly random thank you's and giggling throughout, she closed by saying, "This is probably gonna be the worst acceptance speech of all time".

As Osaka has pointed out, a defining feature of Williams the champion is her defiant aggression - an aggression that tennis, long a bastion of male chauvinist attitudes, used to consider the proper domain of men. Her grandfather told Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun that her Japanese side of the family, who now reside in Hokkaido, gathered in front of the television to watch her play and that he received a call from her after the game.

Then officials of the WTA and the United States Tennis Association pandered further to Williams' whims by largely ignoring her outburst and actually praising her at an untimely moment for her admirable contributions to tennis over a lengthy period - which no one has doubted - instead of dishing out an additional hefty fine for her outburst.

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