Australian Tennis great Todd Woodbridge calls for tennis players to unite for rule changes.
Depending on the person and the perspective, there were all sorts of ways of viewing and interpreting what went on between Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open final last weekend. After fighting to make the US Open final - her second grand slam final since giving birth to her daughter Alexis - Williams fell to a straight sets defeat to Naomi Osaka, one of the brightest talents in the sport. Viewers could not have guessed that she won by looking at her crestfallen, teary-eyed expression throughout the immediate aftermath of the match. For her to say she wouldn't have been penalised if she were a man misses the point.
Osaka was seen crying during the ceremony, and Williams appeared to lean over and say something in her ear, presumably to console her.
Ramos is back in the umpire's chair this weekend when Croatia host the United States in a Davis Cup tie in Zadar and U.S. captain Jim Courier said of the Williams incident: "It's been polarized and in some ways politicized".
Williams was docked a game penalty for a third code violation by Ramos, prompting a furious tirade where she branded him a "thief" for treating her more harshly than male players. "Maybe it's coincidence", Williams said.
Jamie Murray and Novak Djokovic were among the stars of the men's game who publicly said that Ramos could have been more sympathetic to Williams.
From what I understand, this is fairly common practice, but still illegal, so the Umpire was well within his rights to call it.
"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she said. "I work really, really hard at my game".
"I thought about those things watching Serena, and I said, 'This kid has been playing all of these years, and I don't think she's ever been accused of cheating before it happened on Saturday.'" he said, "And [tennis coaches], they all cheat, no matter how you look at it". Her family have still not had closure, never mind justice, and I often ask if it was the fact that she was from a little known working class family or her gender that saw the wider community turn a blind eye to the lack of progress in the case. Everyone who has experienced discrimination can empathise with her passionate plea.
While tennis legend Billy Jean King backed Williams" accusation insisting there was a "double standard', many have condemned the 23-time Grand Slam victor for losing her temper.
The coach Patrick Mouratoglou later admitted having used hand signals in coaching Williams.
"When a woman is emotional, she's hysterical" and she's penalized for it.
In addition to her extraordinary tennis skills as displayed in her dominant performance against Williams in her first Grand Slam win, the Japanese-born athlete with a Haitian father is now also being recognized for her broad global endorsement appeal.