Unequal treatment occurs through consequences, punishments, and disciplinary measures that women face that are not applied to men.
To me that's insane; the umpire gave a legitimate warning for coaching and she then harangued him at every changeover thereafter, stabbing her finger at him: "apologise", "you owe me an apology", "announce to the crowd that I didn't cheat" (the umpire didn't say she had cheated - he said she had received coaching, which the coach later admitted to and for which many players receive warnings since that is the rule), "you'll never be on my court again" (yes, that's "my court") becoming more and more hysterical (yes, Billie-Jean King, I said hysterical, like McEnroe was hysterical - see, a man can be also). He also accused Osaka's coach, Sascha Bajin, of "coaching every point too". It was a thumbs up.
"I'm honest, I was coaching".
At this year's US Open alone, only 22 code violations were issued to women, while 86 were issued to men. It turns out this wasn't the case.
Williams received several violations during her match with Osaka. She didn't yell or scream, but slammed the racket down.
A second violation was issued after Williams broke her tennis racket in frustration, which led to a point penalty.
The figures revealed that between 1998 and 2018, male players were given 1,534 code violations, whereas female players were given 526. The ump clearly was not cooperating. That was another violation, the second, and by now the American star had begun to lose control of herself. Equally, it is not unusual for a tennis player to get angry on the court, and yet Williams' anger has caused a media meltdown well beyond her own impassioned emotions.
I want to start off by saying congratulations to Naomi Osaka, who earned every bit of her U.S. Open victory on September 8.
"You owe me an apology!" For you to attack my character, something is wrong.
NOW ALL that said, the popular perceptions of this incident are certainly colored by race and gender.
"Had I behaved like that on a tennis court, I would have expected to get everything that happened to Serena", Navratilova also said, Fox News reported.
So, why the double standard? Rebel Girls uploaded a montage of extreme reactions from male tennis players on Facebook, all of which have received less commentary than this one episode alone.
The umpire did the only thing possible and she went completely insane.
That said, one can only hope that the single standard of behavior that should be applied to all players would've still ensnared Williams, who was inconsolably fitful and verbally abusive of the umpire.
Yet, when a woman goes there, they are told to "calm down", and are labeled as being "difficult to work with". It's obviously not just what Williams says, but the threatening way she says it.
It's times like these that I am eternally grateful that I had such incredibly talented, respectful and kind-hearted tennis mentors when I was younger and just learning the game.