Serena Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, his hit back at a New York Times piece on the fines dished out to men and women at the US Open over the past decade.
The 2018 US Open women’s final turned into a controversial one with Naomi Osaka beating Williams to secure her maiden Grand Slam trophy.
However, the match was overshadowed by the American’s run-in with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who gave her code violations for coaching and racket abuse, and a penalty game for calling him a “thief” and “liar”.
During her post-match interview, Williams accused tennis of “sexism” saying: “I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things. I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality.”
The New York Times then decided to dig through statistics from 1998 until 2018 and came up with a piece “Are Women Penalized More Than Men in Tennis? Data Says No”.
— Tennis365 (@T365Official) September 16, 2018
However, Ohanian has pointed out the New York Times’ “misleading article” doesn’t focus on the real argument which is “women are punished more often *per incident* than men are”.
Statistics help for @NYTimes @christopherclarey please:
The argument is that women are punished more often *per incident* than men are.
— Alexis Ohanian Sr. 🚀 (@alexisohanian) September 16, 2018
Ohanian adds that he is “happy to help fund an independent research team to run the actual analysis!”
As expected the series of tweets has led to another heated discussion on Twitter.
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