Artist says Serena Williams Cartoon was about "poor behaviour... not race"

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Williams was docked a game during the defeat to Naomi Osaka for verbally abusing umpire Carlos Ramos, calling him a "thief" and a "liar" after he deducted a point from her for previous violations - coaching and smashing her racket. Lynne Adams tweeted on Tuesday, "Serena Williams is a large black woman who had a complete meltdown, what is racist about this cartoon". It was at this point that Ramos called a code violation for verbal abuse.

Currently, tennis judges are independent contractors and current contracts prevent them from speaking publicly about players and matches. "Because I feel like since it was my first final, and it was my first Grand Slam victory, overall I felt really happy and I know that I accomplished a lot". I drew her as she is, as an African-American woman. In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court ... There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things, and because they are men, that doesn't happen to them.

"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.

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"This week has been a dream come to life, and I'm so honoured to represent Japan and Nissan on the world stage".

In the cartoon you can see his depiction of Serena stomping on a tennis racket while a pacifier lies on the ground next to her.

Williams got a warning for violating a rarely enforced rule against receiving coaching from the sidelines. That triggered a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty that gave Osaka a 5-3 lead. The decision caused a heated on-court dispute between him and Williams.

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Tennis great John McEnroe, one of the game's most tempestuous characters in his playing days, said the sport must find a way to allow players to express feelings and inject their personality into the game while adhering to certain rules.

"It's hard to know, and debatable, whether Ms. Williams could have gotten away with calling the umpire a thief if she were a male player", Navratilova wrote.

"The Pan Pacific is so close and I have to be on a diet for my matches, so maybe afterwards for the ice cream". "She's right about the guys being held to a different standard, there's no question". "We regret that there has been a controversy because of a simple issue: When the club hired the charter flight, it was not expected that the women's team would travel." a club spokesperson clarified.

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"The decisions made by Ramos had nothing to do with sexism or racism".

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