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Mark Knight, a cartoonist with Australian paper The Herald Sun, has gone viral for a cartoon of the 23-time Grand Slam victor which has been described as racist.

The US Open fined Williams $17,000 for her protestations, although she collected $1.85 million for finishing runner-up at Flushing Meadows.

Speaking about Saturday's controversial US Open final, Billie Jean King, the tennis legend and equal rights advocate, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that Serena Williams was "out of line", but umpire Carlos Ramos aggravated the situation.

If her display was wrong, the burden should be on the International Tennis Federation to make sure the rules of conduct apply to everyone, not just women.

Ings said that while refs are upset and legitimately concerned about favoritism toward Williams and against them, an actual boycott isn't likely because of the lack of an umpire union and the relatively small number of top-level officials, of which Ramos is considered one. Then include fines for in-play violations and exclude retirement and the time and game delay violations.

Ramos wasn't the only umpire under fire in the final Grand Slam of the year. For me it blows my mind. Then I thought about the kids watching. "I think there has to be some consistency across the board. He looked like he was in control all the time, he was not dealing with emotions, looked like he was being objective and made fair decisions".

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA), though, agree with Williams' assertion that it was "sexist" for Ramos to have taken off a full game for the third violation, as she had seen many men escaping censure when they've argued with umpires in the past.

Djokovic equals Sampras record with third US Open win
Nadal stayed at No. 1 despite retiring from his semifinal last week, and Federer remained No. 2 after a fourth-round loss in NY . She spoke via a video chat with her sister, who told Osaka to think of the match against Williams as just another match.

Do sport's elite believe they should be granted greater privileges even when competing?

Tennis pro Andy Roddick admitted he's said worse things to an umpire and gone unpunished. "The rules state - demeaning someone, insulting them or threatening their character - and she did all of those".

"Had I behaved like that on a tennis court, I would have expected to get everything that happened to Serena", Navratilova said. "That's a clear sign of bullying".

"The other player (not Naomi???) isn't drawn the way Serena is", Gomez wrote.

After beating Serena Williams in straight sets in the women's singles final last weekend, the Japanese 20-year old will reportedly become one of the highest earners in women's sport. We shouldn't have to carry that extra weight on our back in anything that we do.

Several umpires, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Times that they were considering boycotting future Williams matches.

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