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Cary Erickson | 14 September, 2018, 21:59

The multi-millionaire husband of Serena Williams has broken his silence in the wake of his partner's meltdown at the US Open and the cartoon controversy that followed.

The Herald Sun, owned by a News Corp subsidiary, published a defense of its cartoonist on the home page of its website, quoting Knight as saying: "The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race".

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Adams came under fire in some circles for inflaming the sensitive situation when she released a statement hours after the final supporting Serena's protest, labelling Serena a "true champion" who "showed a great deal of class and sportsmanship".

However some Twitter users weren't so quick to forget the reason for the cartoon in the first place.

Australia's Herald Sun newspaper is defending a cartoon depicting USA tennis star Serena Williams having a temper tantrum that many prominent voices have deemed egregiously racist.

That sort of comment is just another example of "being offensive, feigning ignorance while completely ignoring the nature of the criticism given, then doubling down by whinging about being the victims", wrote Luke Pearson, founder and CEO of IndigenousX, an Australian Aboriginal media platform.

At Flushing Meadows on Saturday, the 20-year-old was reduced to tears during the presentation ceremony but on her arrival back in Japan on Thursday, she said she had not been saddened by the incident.

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For its Wednesday edition, the Herald Sun filled its front page with cartoons, including the contentious Williams image, along with likenesses of United States president Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

"The world has officially gone mad when a celebrated cartoonist is condemned by the social media hordes for depicting a famous sports star throwing an unedifying tantrum".

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Do you think the Herald Sun cartoon was racist? Williams, clearly unhappy with the ruling, went on to berate Ramos for his judgment, repeatedly demanding that he apologize for branding her a cheater. Ramos, meanwhile, was paid £370 ($480) as a "standard daily rate" for umpiring, The Times says. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality". Williams later smashed her racquet, resulting in a code violation and a point deduction, which she argued over with Ramos. "I was really happy she said that".

On Monday the International Tennis Federation threw its support behind the experienced Portuguese chair umpire.

"At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".

Ramos was unperturbed, and Williams' rage continued: she was soon given a point penalty for smashing and making bits of her racket.