Serena Williams may not have won the 2018 US Open, but people are still talking about her final match, in which umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams three questionable code violations. Some of the voices that have entered the conversation are from male tennis stars who have admitted that they鈥檝e never faced the kind of penalization as Williams for even worse behavior.

If you missed the September 8 upset, the first penalty came after Ramos suspected that the tennis star鈥檚 coach was sending her signals while she was on the court, something that is against the rules. Williams promptly informed Ramos that she doesn鈥檛 cheat to win; she鈥檇 rather lose.

Williams was then given a point penalty when she smashed her racket, and in return, Williams called Ramos a 鈥渢hief.鈥 This prompted Ramos to give her a 鈥渧erbal abuse鈥 penalty. Williams later implied that his actions were caused by聽sexism.

鈥淚鈥檝e seen other men call other umpires several things,鈥 Williams said in her post-match press conference. 鈥淗e鈥檚 never taken a game from a man because they said 鈥榯hief.'鈥

Male tennis stars agree. Andy Roddick took to Twitter to respond to a user questioning Williams鈥 claim. The tennis star wrote, 鈥淚鈥檝e regrettably said worse and I鈥檝e never gotten a game penalty.鈥

When ESPN Senior Writer Ramona Shelburne noted that it 鈥渨ould be nice if some of Serena鈥檚 male counterparts had her back and admitted they鈥檝e said a lot worse to the umpire,鈥 former pro player James Blake tweeted, 鈥淚 will admit I have said worse and not gotten penalized.鈥

He added, 鈥淎nd I鈥檝e also been given a 鈥榮oft warning鈥 by the ump where they tell you knock it off or I will have to give you a violation. He should have at least given her that courtesy. Sad to mar a well played final that way.鈥

What do you think about the fact that male tennis stars have said worse things than Serena Williams but have not been penalized? Let us know @BritandCo.

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