Shock apology: Huge twist in Serena Williams scandal

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"I truly believe he was trying to do what he felt like was right at the time and always in heated situations it's going to be a very sticky, sticky spot whenever it's in a Grand Slam final like that". In this area, women are nearly twice as likely as men to be censured. Although Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, noted: "I'm not a guy that gets too many code violations".

The experienced Portuguese official found himself at the centre of a storm after his officiating of the match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, which saw Williams accuse him of sexism after she was docked a game for receiving three code violations.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion wasn't asked about gender equality in sports or an argument she had last weekend with the chair umpire at her U.S. Open finals match in NY during about 25 minutes onstage with Sarah Robb O'Hagan, chief executive of Flywheel Sports, at the National Retail Federation trade show.

In her first interview since one of the most colossal controversies in recent U.S. Open history, Williams insisted she never received coaching signals during the final against eventual victor Naomi Osaka. It's illegal to receive coaching from the stands.

Ms Williams also affirmed her argument that sportswomen should be treated the same as their male counterparts.

Mouratoglou, Williams' trainer, admitted the coaching violation, but his player is standing firm in her assertion. The only disparity, as per the data, was for on-field coaching, in which women have received 152 fines as compared to 87 fines for men over the given time period.

In the eight categories - Racket abuse, Audible obscenity, unsportsmanlike conduct, coaching and coaches, ball abuse, verbal abuse, and visual obscenity - men were penalised more often in all but one. "Do not worry about me!"

The ITF has now given a further indication of support for Ramos, seemingly drawing a line under the saga by appointing him to officiate the Davis Cup semi-final between the U.S. and Croatia in Zadar.

Williams's sexism charge was backed initially by Katrina Adams, the chief executive for the United States Tennis Association. She added that Ramos could have prevented the incident with clear communication.

"We can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with", Navratilova wrote.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing organization for international tennis. He will be back to work as umpire on Friday in Zadar, Croatia.

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