Tennis world divided after Serena Williams' US Open outburst

  • Tennis world divided after Serena Williams' US Open outburst

Tennis world divided after Serena Williams' US Open outburst

A controversial cartoon of US tennis star Serena Williams, showing the player as having a temper tantrum at the US Open, has been reprinted in an Australian newspaper.

"The cartoon about Serena is about her poor [behavior] on the day, not about race".

In the cartoon, the umpire asks Osaka: "Can you just let her win?". He called out the cartoon for choosing to illustrate Naomi Osaka, who is Haitian-Japanese, as a "blonde, fair-skinned damn-near white woman whose complexion is the same as the umpire's".

For its Wednesday edition, the Herald Sun filled its front page with cartoons, including the contentious Williams image, along with likenesses of U.S. president Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

Knight reportedly has disabled his Twitter account after his post of the cartoon attracted tens of thousands of comments, mostly critical.

"A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that", editor Damon Johnston said. "The cartoon is about Serena, it was about her poor behaviour".

In the fallout, Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight took to the proverbial canvas to portray the 23-time grand slam winners' meltdown, but has been hit with much criticism following the publication.

Williams, who has since been fined $17,000 by the United States Tennis Association for the violations, vigorously disputed each of them during the match.

Critics said the cartoon used racist and sexist stereotypes. You stole a point from me.

This is The Herald Sun's shocking front page on Wednesday which complains about the global outrage over its Serena Williams cartoon.

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos issued a code violation to Williams during the march, saying she had received coaching during the match - a point Williams strongly denied.

The Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, faced criticism for the image, described by some as a "crude stereotypical depiction" of a black woman jumping on her racket.

'A few days beforehand I had actually drawn a cartoon of Australian Nick Kyrgios and his bad behaviour at the US Open, so I'm not targeting. She's interesting to draw. "I think the only solution to that is for ordinary people to fight and retaliate back much louder, so they can hear us from the back of their stadiums".

"I saw Knight's cartoon and was not offended or angered. After a couple more detours, I landed on one with the "male" symbol as a tennis racket labeled 'sexism" that Serena was breaking.

"The enlarged facial features and the position of a dummy in the cartoon draws on pernicious stereotypes of African Americans as angry, childlike and in need of restraint by white masters", says Dr Kate Dossett, associate professor of USA history at the University of Leeds.