"Look, I love Serena, first of all", Djokovic said.
'Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis, ' the statement read. "I've seen other men call other umpires several things".
Serena broke her racket on the ground and was fined a point.
During a break, Williams was still waiting for Ramos to acknowledge that she had not cheated: "You're attacking my character". What was supposed to be a fairy-tale matchup for Osaka and the player she idolizes spun out of control after Williams was handed code violations that she described as unfair.
Osaka, playing in her first major final against a 23-time Grand Slam champion she idolized as a child, capped an outstanding two weeks in which she also beat 2017 runner-up Madison Keys by simply outplaying her hero.
King, who holds 12 grand slam titles, criticised the conduct of the umpire after Williams was penalised for getting instructions from her coach during the match. For me to say "thief, ' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark".
"He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief.' For me it blows my mind".
I know full well that black women, especially black female athletes who are dark-skinned, are treated like hyper-masculine brutes even when they wear tutus.
It comes as the Women's Tennis Association has backed Williams's sexism claims, but not everyone agrees.
"The accusation of sexism which was levelled by Serena Williams in her press conference after the woman's final needs to be backed up", he told BBC Radio Four's Today programme. While Kanell thinks that the warnings were independent of that, Bell thinks that Ramos took it more personally because Williams is a woman. "Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person".
Williams isn't the only tennis player to find herself at the center of a gender-focused controversy. "I think there has to be some consistency across the board".
"Umpire Mohamed Lahyani came down from his chair and gave Kyrgios a pep talk, telling him "I want you to do well", "don't tank" and all the players were upset with that, so there was a strict law put in force for the rest of the tournament where chair umpires were not allowed to talk to players as well as following the code and that's what Ramos did throughout the match". She was already losing and even her most ardent defenders admit she would have lost anyway.
Author JK Rowling wrote on Twitter: "Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop".