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And at the Grand Slam level, the International Tennis Federation implements a code of conduct and point penalty system that governs how violations of unsportsmanlike conduct are doled out:. The Point Penalty Schedule to be used for violations set forth above is as follows: First offence: Warning Second offence: Point penalty Third and each subsequent offence: Game penalty.
The rule is rarely enforced, and players rarely receive code violations for it. After the verbal warning for coaching, Williams was actually ahead in the second set, at three games to one.
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But then she played a poor game and lost, narrowing her lead over Osaka to She smashed her racket on the ground, and Ramos issued his first official penalty against her, by docking her a point in the next game. She also called him a thief as seen in the highlights video above. Then Williams once again confronted Ramos for the point penalty. You will never be on a court of mine as long as you live. When are you going to give me my apology? This is when Ramos issued his second official penalty against Williams, for abusing an umpire or official.
He awarded a game to Osaka, and the score became , with Williams serving to stay in the match. Williams ultimately lost the next game — and thus the set — and Osaka won the match. However, one might argue that the fines pale in comparison to her in-game penalties of losing a point and then a game — major punishments in any professional match, let alone a Grand Slam final. Both during the match and after her loss, Williams argued that the penalties issued against her were the result of Ramos having a sexist attitude toward her.
At the end of his tantrum, Isner completely destroyed his racket.
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He was only assessed a verbal warning for this code violation, and it was considered his first offense. We have to treat each other fairly and the same. James Blake, a former professional American tennis player who was ranked as high as No. I will admit I have said worse and not gotten penalized.
He should have at least given her that courtesy. Sad to mar a well played final that way.
Granted, some of this could be blamed on inconsistent rule-enforcing from umpire to umpire. But the penalties he doles out should be consistent.
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For example, at Wimbledon earlier this year, Ramos issued a verbal warning to Djokovic for unsportsmanlike conduct, and it resulted in Djokovic complaining, like Williams did. But the warning was all he received:. In that instance, he let Djokovic release his steam and anger — the soft warning that Blake refers to in the tweet embedded above.
A man, sure. Ramos has put up with worse from a man. Tennis hall-of-famer Billie Jean King also weighed in, arguing Ramos showed a double standard:. Thank you, serenawilliams , for calling out this double standard. We partner with third party advertisers, who may use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on sites and applications across devices, both on our sites and across the Internet.
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