Everyone of us has our own worst day and some the popular tennis players today are not exempted from it.
6. Serena Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open
Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open. | Jaime Lawson/ Getty Images for USTA
Serena Williams recently had what some people were calling the “mother of all meltdowns” on the court at the U.S. Open. In a series of outbursts during a game against Naomi Osaka, Williams accused an umpire of sexism (after he had accused her of cheating). Williams said, “I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose.” She demanded an apology and later called him a thief for stealing a point from her. And Williams wasn’t the only one who got upset about her treatment during the game. Tennis legend Billie Jean King weighed in on Twitter, writing:
When a woman is emotional, she’s ‘hysterical’ and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s ‘outspoken’ & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.”