Billie Jean King, Nicki Minaj and More Show Support for Serena Williams After Controversial U.S. Open Final
Athletes and celebrities alike have shown support for Serena Williams on social media after an umpire gave her multiple violations during Saturday’s U.S. Open final.
Serena Williams got into a shouting match with the umpire in the US Open’s Women’s final as she accused him of ‘stealing a point from her’.
Umpire Carlos Ramos issued a game penalty to the US star during her match against Naomi Osaka as he accused her of getting coaching from the sidelines.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner screamed at Ramos: ‘Every time I play here, I have problems. I did not have coaching, I don’t cheat. You need to make an announcement. I have a daughter and I stand for what’s right. You owe me an apology.
‘For you to attack my character is wrong. You owe me an apology. You will never be on a court with me as long as you live. You are the liar. You owe me an apology. Say it. Say you’re sorry.
‘How dare you insinuate that I was cheating? You stole a point from me. You’re a thief too. ‘
Moments later Williams crashed out of the final with Osaka winning 6-2, 6-4.
Famous athletes, like tennis legend Billie Jean King, expressed dismay at umpire Carlos Ramos’ treatment of Williams on Twitter, writing that female player are often treated differently than male players in all kinds of sports.
“When a woman is emotional, she’s ‘hysterical’ and she’s penalized for it,” King tweeted. “When a man does the same, he’s ‘outspoken’ and there are no repercussions.”