'Umpires keep asking: 'What if it was me in that chair on Saturday?' There is a widespread feeling that Carlos was hung out to dry for almost 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials, ' the official said.
King said she hoped the incident would bring about needed changes to the sport, including allowing for direct communication between the umpire and the fans over a loudspeaker and ending the ban on coaching during Grand Slam matches.
Umpire Carlos Ramos received a large chunk of the blame for Saturday's fallout, with the Women's Tennis Association taking the side of their biggest star after Williams accused him of sexism. Williams contends that she was treated unfairly by Ramos and that treatment of her was sexist because men have said worse things and were never fined. He accepted the charge later but added that he didn't think Williams looked at her. Serena Williams tops the 2018 list with earnings of $18.1 million from June 2017 to June 2018.
But Knight's critics, which included Martin Luther King's daughter Bernice King, say the Sun's defense of Knight is "uncomfortable" and "without consideration for the painful historical context of such imagery and how it can support biases and racism today", she said. They say they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not.
"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", he said.
One Twitter user wrote: "The fact Mark Knight is doubling down on his racist cartoon just goes to show how much black women have to fight for our right to be human".
Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by the USTA for going "beyond protocol" when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a pep talk during his second-round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Williams said that male players were held to a lower standard for court conduct. "You even turned Osaka into a white blonde woman to push your "angry black woman agenda". Later, she smashed her racket and was penalized a point.
During a subsequent changeover, Murray said: "I didn't say "stupid umpire", I said "stupid umpiring".
Musician Ciara also posted a message of support for her friend.
There's a lot about the final game at Saturday's US Open that's disappointing, including Naomi Osaka having her moment overshadowed by poor calls from the ref. In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court.