Men penalized significantly more than women in tennis

Annette Crawford
September 16, 2018

Much of the criticism of Williams has centred on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologise for beating the home favourite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos.

I hate to sound whiny, but Serena's incident, whether you think she is a sore loser or not, should bring us to think about how we treat women who are not conventionally "ladylike". That requires subjective analysis for which I'm unqualified (since I stopped watching tennis after growing exhausted of John McEnroe's constant on-court whining), but my inexpert impression is that men act out on court far more than women do. Say it. Say you're sorry. Like her sister, Venus denied she had cheated. You stole a point from me.

William's match with 20-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan was clouded with controversy after Ramos issued a code violation to Williams during play, saying she had received coaching during the match - a point Williams strongly denied. Williams again reacted furiously, calling the tournament referee on to court to say "You know my character".

As a young woman who is trying to wade through the world, I have noted that forthrightness, boldness and confidence in women is not welcome. There's a lot of men out here who have said a lot of things.

"But the way she handled it post-match with how eloquently she put her sentiments around gender equality in her sport and created the conversation we can all assess for ourselves". He has vast experience and has umpired a final at all four grand slams, as well as the 2012 Olympic men's final, in which Andy Murray beat Roger Federer.


Williams was fined $17,000 for her violations, which was taken out of her runner-up prize total of $1.85 million. "We do not believe that this was done last night".

Williams has implied that she was treated more harshly than an angry male player would have been, but within the context of the game at least, no one has suggested that Ramos' officiating favored one player over the other. She smashed her racket on the court out of frustration at losing a game, and needs to own that-just as her coach has admitted his mistake.

Serena Williams produced an epic meltdown in her argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

The outlier, intriguingly, is coaching, the issue which ignited this sorry saga. The male players were also fined 287 times for unsportsmanlike conduct as compared to 67 for female players.

The full breakdown is available here.

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