Serena Williams: Mark Knight defends ‘racist’ cartoon of tennis champ

Aubrey Yates
September 14, 2018

Umpires are reportedly considering a boycott of future Serena Williams tennis matches, according to an anonymous source in The Times.

Underneath the headline "Welcome to PC world", the newspaper wrote: "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".

The newspaper also posted a news story on the reaction to the cartoon, arguing that it was mostly people outside of Australia who disapproved of it.

"It takes me right back to what I had to deal with when I was chasing Babe Ruth's home run record, because I think the whole thing with Serena is so rude and so cruel", he told Terence Moore.

However some Twitter users weren't so quick to forget the reason for the cartoon in the first place.

That sparked a debate about whether she was treated more harshly than male tennis stars like John McEnroe, who was famous for his angry outbursts.

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Jordan added, "Keep being great, everybody's watching out - me too". "Can you just let her win?"

'A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that. "It had nothing to do with gender or race". Lynne Adams tweeted on Tuesday, "Serena Williams is a large black woman who had a complete meltdown, what is racist about this cartoon".

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Read the full Herald Sun article regarding the cartoon here.

Serena Williams reacts to her loss in the US Open final.

"Ramos is tough, one of the best umpires in the world". Williams called Santos a "thief" for the coaching ruling and in response Santos issued a third code violation, handing the game to Osaka.

While Williams was fined $17,000, she had some very vocal support from the governing body.

"Political correctness is really all about censoring, it's about being bullied into conforming to a view of the world", he said, AP reported.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing organization for international tennis.

It defended Ramos in a statement on Monday: "Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis. Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses".

Ramos was unperturbed, and Williams' rage continued: she was soon given a point penalty for smashing and making bits of her racket.

It was hard to miss the fireworks igniting on the court Saturday inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, but as US Open champ Naomi Osaka recalls, she wasn't exactly in tune.

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