US Davis Cup players try to stay out of Williams controversy

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Serena Williams has broken her silence for the first time on the sensational US Open outburst that turned the women's final into an global controversy.

Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during a Friday appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas.

Ramos, of Portugal, said that he was fine after what happened. He called it "an unhappy situation" and said he followed the rules of tennis.

"You owe me and apology", she said.

The match ended in chaos, though, with the NY crowd booing. It later started a larger debate about sexism in tennis. "She is doing a awful disservice to women's rights, to the #metoo movement, to gender equality", Caroline Wilson of the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said, adding, "to say she's fighting for women's rights, when what she is, is a bad sport".

New statistics of the number of code violations in grand-slam events appear to show discrimination against men, if anything, as opposed to the discrimination against women claimed by supporters of Serena Williams after she received two violations during the recent U.S. Open.

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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing organization for international tennis.

It comes after a source told The Times some umpires are considering refusing to officiate matches involving Williams in the wake of her attack on Ramos.

During the altercation and again after the match, Williams suggested that sexism was part of the reason why she was punished so severely, although Strycova told Czech website Sport.cz that she doesn't agree.

Barely a week after her infamous "meltdown" during the final of the US Open, Serena Williams made a decision to talk about her fashion business and motherhood, rather than the tennis court, as she spoke to a business trade group in Las Vegas. The victor is the one who finishes first.

"I guess I'd like to hang out with my sister - I haven't seen her since Wimbledon", said Osaka, who has become an unlikely hero in a country still reeling after a summer of deadly typhoons and earthquakes. In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court ... She added that Ramos could have prevented the incident with clear communication. Caty Weaver was the editor.

Rory Carroll reported this story for Reuters News Agency.

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