King: Serena 'totally out of line'

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With titles perhaps comes entitlement, a certain expectation, courtesies rather than an adherence to the code of conduct.

Mark Knight, a cartoonist with Australian paper The Herald Sun, has gone viral for a cartoon of the 23-time Grand Slam victor which has been described as racist.

Under Article III, Section P of the Grand Slam Rule Book, "verbal abuse" is defined as "a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive".

Serena Williams smashes her racket during the women's final against Naomi Osaka during the 2018 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York September 8, 2018. "I have since texted her coach to make sure she understands that she is celebrated and how proud I am of her".

Umpire Christian Rask was also criticised after he gave Frenchwoman Alize Cornet a code violation for removing her shirt on court after she realised she had put it on back-to-front in the locker room during a mid-match heat break. The final offence saw Williams call Ramos "a liar" and "a thief".

"How many men do things that are much worse than that?"

BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker expressed similar sentiments while saying, "I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and they haven't been given a violation".

"I think he would have (said that to a male player), I think it's a bond that they have and the way they communicate, and maybe not understanding they can have that same conversation with the women".

'Umpires keep asking: 'What if it was me in that chair on Saturday?' There is a widespread feeling that Carlos was hung out to dry for almost 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials, ' the official said. "I think the umpires, they antagonise a lot of players".

"The decisions made by Ramos had nothing to do with sexism or racism".

Williams sparked controversy during her loss to Osaka when she accused the umpire of sexism and being a "thief".

Do sport's elite believe they should be granted greater privileges even when competing? And Portuguese referee Ramos (who certainly didn't "let" anyone win) isn't white, though he's drawn that way. "First of all as an umpire you're supposed to keep the flow of the match going and he did just the opposite". "The rules state - demeaning someone, insulting them or threatening their character - and she did all of those".

"Had I behaved like that on a tennis court, I would have expected to get everything that happened to Serena", Navratilova told Times reporter Juliet Macur in a separate story.

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