Well, that was quite the dramatic close to the U.S. Open women’s final…
In case you missed the big news from Saturday, Naomi Osaka upset Serena Williams to win her very first U.S. Open title, the first tennis player from Japan to win a Grand Slam tournament. Unfortunately, it was the fireworks that led to Osaka’s ultimate victory that captured all of the buzz from the event, as Williams received a violation from the umpire. The accusation is that the 23-time Grand Slam champ was getting illegal coaching from her player box.
The resulting meltdown from Williams was epic; he repeatedly berated the official, demanded an apology for the insinuation that she “cheated”, and smashed her racket. After losing the match, Williams refused to shake the tournament umpire’s hand, and boos could be heard echoing across the court.
You can catch the recap here..
Now, here’s the question; was this a justifiable outburst from Williams? Was he being unfairly targeted? Or is this simply bratty behavior from an athlete who was getting beat, knew it, and was simply looking for an excuse to hang it on?
What do you think? ~ Jason
(Image courtesy of The Daily Mail)