Tennis Today: Serena Williams furore rumbles on, Sir Andy Murray and Naomi Osaka’s exchange
In Tennis Today, it’s a bumper edition after the Serena Williams controversy while US Open winner Naomi Osaka gets well-deserved praise.
What’s on the site
Let’s start with the men’s final before we switch to the juicer women’s final. Novak Djokovic is your US Open champion after beating Juan Martin del Potro in the final.
Djokovic elevated himself into the elite list of the all-time greats with his 14th Grand Slam, but the adulation and reverence the Serbian legend is due may never be forthcoming.
And here is your gallery from said final.
Now for the juicer women’s final, Naomi Osaka played some glorious tennis and it meant a glorious first Grand Slam title for her and Japan.
But the final was riddle with drama as Serena Willliams had an incredible outburst.
Many pundits and ex players felt umpire Carlos Ramos should have managed the situation better, but the official wasn’t given much of an option by Williams.
And here is Serena Williams’ US Open final post-match press conference in full.
To add insult to injury, the 23-time Grand Slam winner was handed a heavy fine.
And in other news, here is Deggsy Bilton’s WTA tennis betting preview for this week.
What’s in the news
First to Naomi Osaka and naturally praise is being heaped on the 20-year-old back home after she became Japan’s first Grand Slam winner. The Guardian has the details.
Plenty of pieces on the web on Serena Williams’ punishment, and The Independent’s Jonathan Liew’s “The furore over Serena Williams exposes the double standards and invisible structures of our society” is brilliant.
“This wasn’t just about a code violation. Rules derive, essentially, from a system, an implicit covenant that all shall be treated equally, and all shall have the same opportunities. But what happens when the covenant is broken? What happens when the system doesn’t work for you?”
And here are Kevin Mitchell’s views in The Guardian, saying “Serena Williams is right on women’s treatment but wrong about Saturday”.
Also in The Guardian, Anna Kessel goes with “Serena Williams again bears brunt of double standards in tennis”.
Billie Jean King, writing for The Washington Post, says “Serena is still treated differently than male athletes”.
Mike Dickson in The Daily Mail says “two people were wronged on Saturday night in New York and neither of them were called Serena Williams”.
Then there is Greg Rusedski in The Telegraph who says “sexism claim is a red herring – Serena Williams should apologise after overshadowing Naomi Osaka’s big moment”. (Subscription)
Back to umpire Carlos Ramos and the New York Times’ Christopher Clarey says the official “has long been willing to enforce the rules by the book with the game’s biggest stars, male and female”.
Some celeb spotting at the US Open final from the Daily Mail featuring Meryl Streep and Gerard Butler
What’s on social media
Naomi Osaka is getting some well-deserved praise from the world’s top tennis players, including Sir Andy Murray.
Well isn’t this just lovely, Naomi addressing Andy as “Sir Andy” 😂❤️ i have it in my head thats how she would address him anyway even if he wasn’t Knighted! pic.twitter.com/iDKAz4BkVi
— Jamie (@_JamieMac_) September 10, 2018
And Marin Cilic.
Murray to Osaka: “You were brilliant”
Cilic to Osaka: “Congratulations Naomi. Such an inspiration. Well done!” pic.twitter.com/nW7pGcNGFz
— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) September 9, 2018
Life on tour with US Open mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray.
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What’s on TV
It is Davis Cup week on the ATP Tour with matches only starting Friday September 14.
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