Ever since the conclusion of the US Open women’s final just over a week ago, everyone has been talking about the huge bust-up between Serena Williams and the chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner went on to lose the match 6-2, 6-4 to Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on September 8.
Williams called chair umpire Ramos a ‘liar’ and a ‘thief’ during the straight sets defeat to Naomi Osaka and was penalised a game as a result of being handed a third violation.
Earlier, the American ace received two code violations, first for coaching, the other for smashing her racquet after losing her temper.
“Because I’m a woman you are going to take this away from me?” she said to tournament referee Brian Earley, adding, “That is not right.”
Afterwards, Williams accused Ramos of being sexist and claimed male players get away with far worse.
“I have seen other men call other umpires several things. I am here fighting for women's right and women's equality and for me to say 'thief' and for him to take a game it made me feel like it was sexist.
“He's never took a game from a man because they said thief. For me, it blows my mind.”
However, a new report has emerged which completely quashes all the claims made by the former women’s world number one.
The New York Times reported, as per Firstpost, that male tennis stars are three times more likely to be fined for losing their temper and smashing the rackets on the court compared to their female counterparts.
Contrary to Williams’ assertions, according to data compiled during a tenure of 20 years show male players being given 1,517 fines against 535 fines for females at the four Grand Slam tournaments in a year for the period between 1998 to 2018.
The report further states men received 649 fines for breaking racquets compared to 99 for women.
In regards to inappropriate language and unsportsmanlike conduct, men still lead the line with 344 fines in contrast to 140 for women for ‘audible obscenity’ and 287 to 67 for unprofessional conduct.
Women were handed out 152 fines compared to 87 for men for receiving coaching during a match.
Williams’ claims continue to divide the sport as one Australian commentator recently said: “She is doing a terrible disservice to women’s rights, to the #metoo movement, to gender equality.”
Caroline Wilson of the Australian Broadcasting Corp. added: “To say she’s fighting for women’s rights, when what she is, is a bad sport.”