"I am truly perplexed to learn this editor of the Australian newspaper behind the blatantly racist & misogynistic cartoon of my wife is a 'Male Champion of Change".
The Herald Sun, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp (nws), provoked outrage Tuesday with a cartoon of Williams at the U.S. Open because it portrayed Williams in a style that evoked the 19th-century 'sambo' style of depicting African Americans.
Under the front-page headline "WELCOME TO PC WORLD", the newspaper wrote Wednesday that "if the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very tiresome indeed".
Others would question why Knight gave Osaka a blonde ponytail.
On pulling down his account amidst uproar on Twitter, Knight revealed that he did it to protect his family from the abuse.
But the cartoon keeps bringing criticism, most notably online.
Speaking on Wednesday, Osaka said she was unsure just why the crowd were booing at the time, but Williams had some kind words for the champion.
The caricature has also sparked renewed debate in Australia about racist and sexist discourse in the highly multicultural nation. "You owe me an apology". "I don't think I'm a mix of three whatever, I just think I am me". "If it's like this, let me know", Strycova said.
But some said the controversy had gone too far.
"We're here to play; Carlos is here to umpire; and we don't expect anything out of the ordinary", Courier said.
"This is his [Knight's] job, isn't it?"
In the US Open 2018 final between Serena and eventual victor Naomi Osaka, the 23-time Grand Slam champion had a massive meltdown after she had lost the first set of the match and was given a warning for coaching violation.
Williams doubled down after the match, believing that Ramos' docking her a game for verbal abuse was tantamount to sexism. She was also seen jumping up and down near a broken tennis racket and a pacifier.
In a match that drew strong ratings on ESPN, Osaka beat Williams in straight sets to win the women's singles Open title.