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US Tennis Association boss backflips on support for Serena Williams

14 September 2018

Osaka's straight-sets triumph in the US Open finals on September 8 was the most-watched match of the tournament covered in the US by ESPN, drawing 50 per cent more fans than the men's final the following day.

Osaka said during the interview that she initially didn't know what was going on because she turned away from the scene as Williams approached Ramos and started yelling.

Naomi Osaka's U.S. Open win was overshadowed by Serena Williams' dispute with the umpire, but the budding Japanese tennis star did enough to sign a major endorsement deal, with more likely on the way.

Critics say his exaggerated depiction of Williams's physical features is reminiscent of historically racist cartoons and that he white washed the appearance of Japan's Osaka by drawing her with a blonde ponytail.

"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board", Adams continued. Williams, clearly unhappy with the ruling, went on to berate Ramos for his judgment, repeatedly demanding that he apologize for branding her a cheater.

Umpires could refuse to accept the chair when Williams competes, but would call off the apparent protest if Williams apologises for her remarks. "You owe me an apology".

Asked on Thursday how she felt about being a high-profile bi-racial athlete in Japan, Osaka said the question "really throws me off".

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First she was warned after her coach Patrick Mouratoglou was seen communicating with her via a hand gesture and then she was docked a point after smashing her racket.

But the International Tennis Federation defended Ramos and said in a statement that his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules" and that he "acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".

'I think the umpire did what was within his rights, ' Murray told BBC Sport.

She said Williams" outburst "poisoned the atmosphere' for her opponent Naomi Osaka.

American player Steve Johnson added: "Look, I don't want this to come out the wrong way, but he enforced rules that have been enforced on me over the years". "It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist".

Ramos has since spoken out about the backlash via Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he said.

US Tennis Association boss backflips on support for Serena Williams