Custom Search 1

Serena Williams’ husband slams reporting of tennis row

PICTURED: Alexis Ohanian

SERENA WILLIAMS’ husband has hit back at the media who he says have mislead the public over the most recent sexism row in tennis.

Williams reopened the debate on sexism in the sport after she was sanctioned by umpire Carlos Ramos during her US Open final match against Naomi Osaka.

The 23-time grand slam winner received a game penalty, a rare punishment in the sport, following three code violations. She went on the lose the final soon after – and with it, her latest chance at securing 24 major titles.

Williams has argued that the harsh penalty would not have been handed down to her if she was a man. And her husband, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, has supported her, along with Billie Jean King and the Women’s Tennis Association and others.

Amid the heated discussion on whether or not women players face harsher, disproportionate penalties than their male counterparts, figures were released charting the code violations given to male and female players.

The figures revealed that between 1998 and 2018, male players were given 1,534 code violations, whereas female players were given 526.

Many used the data to support the argument that sexism does not play into the distribution of penalties.

Ohanian has disputed these claims discredit his wife's argument.

On Twitter, referring to a specific article by New York Times journalist, Christopher Clarey, he wrote: “Statistics help for @NYTimes @christopherclarey please: The argument is that women are punished more often *per incident* than men are. These data only show there are more penalties for men *total.*

“E.g. if men were punished 344 times out of 3440 audible obscenities (10% enforcement), but women were punished 140 times out of 700 audible obscenities (20% enforcement) – that would mean women are penalised 2x more often than men for the same violation.”

He added: “Christopher Clarey - happy to help fund an independent research team to run the actual analysis! Statistics can be illuminating when you know what you're looking for.”

Ohanian did not simply stop at tearing Clarey's article to pieces, he also disclosed that he had "donated $10 for every word (714) in that misleading article to @DonorsChoose classroom projects to make sure the next generation gets access to learn basic statistics. Thank you, @christophclarey".

Read every story in our hardcopy newspaper for free by downloading the app.

Facebook Comments