For its Wednesday edition, the Herald Sun filled its front page with cartoons, including the contentious Williams image, along with likenesses of U.S. president Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.
The controversial illustration showed the runner-up jumping on a racquet lying next to a baby's dummy.
Knight added that criticism of the cartoon shows "the world has just gone insane", and that "the cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race". Osaka, who's a half Japanese and half Haitian woman with visibly cinnamon colored skin is depicted as a white, blonde hair frail girl.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion was given three code violations by Ramos, the first for receiving coaching, the second for racket abuse and the third for verbal abuse of the umpire.
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Sports and culture commentator Jemele Hill wrote that the cartoon's messaging is "about as subtle as Fran Drescher's voice", referencing the character Fran Fine from the '90s TV series The Nanny.
But I think it's time to take a break, to see how my body feels for the future, and then be ready for the next one.' What is it like to stand on the floor and have 20,000 people singing "Ole, DelPo?" She continued, "This is sickening".
Violations tend to be accompanied by a fine imposed by the championship referee and the Grand Slam Committee.
Pam Keith, a former candidate for the Democratic nomination for Florida's 18th Congressional District, also thought Knight's post invoked racist imagery from the past. "Because it was a punch to the gut". Wow. just, yeah. wow. Calling an umpire a liar might sound like a huge deal and the incident literally left Williams in tears.
The Women's Tennis Association also backed Williams, with their CEO Steve Simon saying, "The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men versus women".
Knight however remained steadfast and defended the drawing by pointing to his recent lampooning of Australian player Nick Kyrgios' on-court US Open tantrum as proof his work touched on all aspects of bad behavior, regardless of gender.