Sports and politics have become more intertwined than ever before, as evidenced by the whole Serena Williams saga. During the ESPN broadcast of the trophy ceremony, Williams tried to quiet the racuous, booing crowd of 20,000-plus and put her arm around Osaka.
"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she told a news conference in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday. It was enough to get under his thin-skin and some say it enabled newcomer Naomi Osaka to secure her first US Open win against her idol. Viewers could not have guessed that she won by looking at her crestfallen, teary-eyed expression throughout the immediate aftermath of the match.
Osaka's opponent, fan-favorite Serena Williams, melted down on the court, exploding on chair umpire Carlos Ramos after being penalized for getting coached on the side by her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.
Ramos is deemed one of the more experienced umpires in the game with nearly 30 years of experience but for overseeing the Grand Slam final he received a fee of just £370 - a standard daily rate.
As well as her mega-money Nike deal, Williams also boasts deals with top brands such as Intel, Audemars Piguet, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln, Gatorade and Beats.
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According to McEnroe, Ramos should not have given Williams a violation for breaking her racquet and should have warned her early on about what would happen if she did not move on. That triggered a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty that gave Osaka a 5-3 lead.
Osaka was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1997 to a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother, before the family moved to the USA when she was three.
"But if you were talking about my tennis, I think my tennis is not very Japanese".
"But in my mind, I was sort of, I really wanted to know what was going on".
Coming to his defense was the International Tennis Federation, which in a tweet hailed his professionalism.
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"I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a Grand Slam final", Djokovic said in the aftermath of his US Open victory against Juan Martin del Potro.
Ramos, who is from Portugal, spoke briefly to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso this week.
Williams called Ramos a "liar" and a "thief" on court, for which she was punished, and accused him of sexism in a post-match press conference.
"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist. Don't worry about me".
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