WTA backs Serena Williams: 'Women get treated differently than men'


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WTA backs Serena Williams: 'Women get treated differently than men'

Just after the US Open men's singles final between the Serb Novak Djokovic and the Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro ended, the WTA CEO Steve Simon issued a statement to comment again on the Serena Williams' exchange with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

Simon believes on-court coaching should be introduced in the Grand Slams as well, and agreed with Serena saying that women get treated differently than men. 'Yesterday also brought to the forefront the question of whether different standards are applied to men and women in the officiating of matches', Simon said.

'The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same.

We do not believe that this was done last night.' Simon continued saying: 'We also think the issue of coaching needs to be addressed and should be allowed across the sport. The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed.

Yesterday's match showcased one of tennis's new stars as well as one of the greatest players of the game. We look forward to more thrilling matches between these great athletes and hope that what we all witnessed yesterday never happens again.' The former player Andrew Castle straightaway thought about the 2009 US case always involving Serena: 'Memories of (Kim) Clijsters match.

You just can't act like that I'm afraid. Serena now claiming that men do this. More nonsense. Is she claiming sexism? This is not right.' ALSO READ: Mouratoglou: 'I coached, but also Toni Nadal, Bajin coached on every point'