A tennis legend has spoken out about the allegedly sexist treatment of Serena Williams at the U.S. Open.
Chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, gave Williams three penalties for rule violations during the match. Although the tennis player has spoken out about the sexism she felt she experienced because of the violations, Navratilova believes that she “is missing the point.”
“We cannot measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with,” said Navratilova. “There have been many times when I was playing that I wanted to break my racket into a thousand pieces. Then I thought about the kids watching. And I grudgingly held on to that racket.”
.@serenawilliams has called the umpire a thief and accused him of being sexist at the @usopen final, after being accused of cheating. https://t.co/tc5OUTfUo4 #USOpenFinal #7News pic.twitter.com/cxJHOZJcjy
— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) September 9, 2018
“Had I behaved like that on a tennis court, I would have expected to get everything that happened to Serena,” Navratilova said. “It should’ve ended … with the point warning, but Serena just couldn’t let it go.”
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) September 9, 2018
Although the tennis star admitted there was a double standard between male and female players, she claims it is not an excuse for bad behavior.
“I don’t believe it’s a good idea to apply a standard of ‘If men can get away with it, women should be able to, too.’ Rather, I think the question we have to ask ourselves is this: What is the right way to behave to honor our sport and to respect our opponents?”