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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Lebron weighs in on Serena meltdown


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NBA superstar Lebron James says he understands the reasons behind Serena Williams’ US Open meltdown, saying the tennis champion ‘is dealing with so much more”.

Williams’ behaviour during the US Open final has been called into question by critics after she got into a screaming match with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, but her supporters say the clash with Ramos was indicative of the gender race issues that have plagued the tennis for far too long.

James hasn’t been afraid to air his opinion on race and issues relating to social justice in the past, and believes Serena’s fight extends beyond the tennis court.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Lebron said he understood the depth her fight for equality on and off the court.

Williams goes off. 

“What we all have to understand is what she is fighting for is bigger than just that match,” said James.

“She is fighting for equality — always having to win more, more, more, just to feel equal.

“Being an African-American woman playing in a predominantly white sport, she’s dealing with so much more.

“I have no idea what was going on in her head, but I feel that struggle.”

Lebron backs up Serena.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) said it would undertake a review of its communication policies after a string of umpiring controversies at the US Open.

Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by tournament organisers for going "beyond protocol" when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a mid-match pep talk during his second-round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Umpire Christian Rask then came in for criticism after he handed a code violation to French player Alize Cornet after she removed her shirt on court after realising it was on backwards.

The tournament subsequently released a statement saying it regretted that she was given a violation.

"Some of these incidents, you know, have prompted us to reflect on the clarity of our own communication to the chair umps," USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said.

Williams and Osaka.

"These incidents will prompt us to analyse ways of perhaps instituting some change. We certainly do not want inconsistencies.

"I think it could potentially help everybody if there was some more consistency to this."

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on Sunday expressed disappointment over the handling of the match between Williams and Osaka.

"(The WTA) is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done last night," WTA CEO Steve Simon said.

He also called for coaching, one of the offences for which Williams received a violation, to be permitted, a topic the USTA plans to review.

NBA superstar Lebron James says he understands the reasons behind Serena Williams’ US Open meltdown, saying the tennis champion ‘is dealing with so much more”.

Williams’ behaviour during the US Open final has been called into question by critics after she got into a screaming match with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, but her supporters say the clash with Ramos was indicative of the gender race issues that have plagued the tennis for far too long.

James hasn’t been afraid to air his opinion on race and issues relating to social justice in the past, and believes Serena’s fight extends beyond the tennis court.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Lebron said he understood the depth her fight for equality on and off the court.

Williams goes off. 

“What we all have to understand is what she is fighting for is bigger than just that match,” said James.

“She is fighting for equality — always having to win more, more, more, just to feel equal.

“Being an African-American woman playing in a predominantly white sport, she’s dealing with so much more.

“I have no idea what was going on in her head, but I feel that struggle.”

Lebron backs up Serena.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) said it would undertake a review of its communication policies after a string of umpiring controversies at the US Open.

Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by tournament organisers for going "beyond protocol" when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a mid-match pep talk during his second-round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Umpire Christian Rask then came in for criticism after he handed a code violation to French player Alize Cornet after she removed her shirt on court after realising it was on backwards.

The tournament subsequently released a statement saying it regretted that she was given a violation.

"Some of these incidents, you know, have prompted us to reflect on the clarity of our own communication to the chair umps," USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said.

Williams and Osaka.

"These incidents will prompt us to analyse ways of perhaps instituting some change. We certainly do not want inconsistencies.

"I think it could potentially help everybody if there was some more consistency to this."

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on Sunday expressed disappointment over the handling of the match between Williams and Osaka.

"(The WTA) is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done last night," WTA CEO Steve Simon said.

He also called for coaching, one of the offences for which Williams received a violation, to be permitted, a topic the USTA plans to review.

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