Roger Federer says Serena Williams ‘went too far’ in US Open final
Roger Federer says fellow tennis legend Serena Williams “went too far” in her reaction towards the umpire during last September’s US Open final.
Williams was sent a code violation for coaching, [a penalty point for racquet abuse] and a game penalty for calling the presiding umpire a “liar” and a “thief” during her defeat by Japanese Naomi Osaka.
Federer said the situation could have been handled in a completely different manner.
“I feel like Serena should have walked away,” he said.
“She did, but she went too far. She should have walked earlier.”
Federer did, however, say her [ Williams’ ]actions were “a little bit excusable”.
He added: “The umpire maybe should not have pushed her there. It’s unfortunate, but an incredible case study.”
WHAT HAPPENED IN NEW YORK?
Naomi Osaka’s 6-2 6-4 victory over Williams on 9th September became insignificant by the Willam’s outbursts during the second set.
Serena Williams, 37, was given a first code violation after match umpire Carlos Ramos judged a gesture from coach Patrick Mouratoglou to be coaching.
Serena Williams – a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion – told Ramos she would “never cheat to win and would rather lose”. Mouratoglou later admitted he had been coaching from the box.
Williams was handed another code violation for smashing her racquet against the court leading to umpire Carlos Ramos docking her a point.
When the game finished, Serena Williams called Ramos “a liar” and “a thief”. That led to Ramos docking her the next game – leaving Osaka needing just one for victory.
Williams later said it was “sexist” to have been penalised a game.
Serena was fined $17,000 (£13,100) by the United States Tennis Association for the code violations.
‘What was the problem with the catsuit?’
Federer also addressed the subject of female players’ on-court attire.
It was announced in September that Williams would be banned from wearing a black catsuit at future French Opens, with the tournament set to introduce a stricter dress code.
She wore the outfit at the tournament in May, and said it made her “feel like a superhero”.
At the US Open, meanwhile, France’s Alize Cornet was given a code violation for changing her shirt on court.
“What was the problem with taking the shirt off or the catsuit?” said Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam singles champion.
“Serena has worn crazier stuff in the past. Guys have worn crazier stuff. For me it was all a bit of nonsense.
“I was totally on the women’s side. Leave them alone.”