Herald Sun doubles down on Serena Williams cartoon deemed racist

US Open Tennis Tournament 2018

US Open Tennis Tournament 2018

Japanese tennis legend Kimiko Date told AFP it made her "heart ache" to see Osaka reduced to tears and unable to savour her moment of glory.

The Portuguese official has been at the centre of a row involving Serena Williams, who accused him of being "sexist" as well as a "liar" and a "thief" in a dramatic US Open final defeat at the hands of Naomi Osaka.

Watching the women's final between Williams and Naomi Osaka from his Atlanta home, Aaron saw Williams react angrily when chair umpire Carlos Ramos warned her about receiving coaching, something that happens commonly in tennis but is rarely sanctioned.

But critics, most notably online, labelled the cartoon racist because it depicted Williams with big fat lips and masculine features. Asked to address the disparity in Williams' fines and Roger Federer's $1,500 fine for an expletive-laden outburst during the 2009 U.S. Open men's final, Adams said the fines are up to the discretion of the grand slam administrator, not the USTA.

The cartoon was also criticised by the veteran civil rights campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson, who said it was "despicable", and Melbourne-born basketball star Ben Simmons.

Mr Knight, who has a reputation for controversial cartoons, was pilloried for his portrayal.

"In my head, sometimes I could become insane and the team couldn't be confident to call me into the team", Paire had said before his match. As evidence, he tweeted his recent cartoon of tennis player Nick Kyrgios.

Knight said the cartoon was about Williams's "poor behavior on the day, not about race".

"I'm not targeting Serena". Serena is a champion. "Professional tennis players, sometimes, I think we lose sight of that". "I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing".

According to reports, she's agreed to an endorsement deal with Adidas that will pay her $8.5 million per year, which would be the richest deal in women's tennis.

"I'm just focusing on this tie and working again".

The Herald Sun has defended its Serena Williams "angry baby" cartoon by republishing the drawing on the front page of its Wednesday edition.

He also Tweeted out the front page of the Herald Sun that reads, "If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very boring indeed".

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