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Serena Williams is fined $17,000 for her shocking US Open final outbursts as her coach contradicts the star and admits he WAS coaching her during her loss to Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams breaks down in tears as she argues with the umpire and loses the U.S. Open women's final after he issued her a game penalty for 'getting coaching from the sidelines' {VIDEO} Williams hits out after being handed a coaching violation and calls umpire 'a thief' for 'stealing' a point away from her

  • Patrick Mouratoglou said Serena didn't look at him 'so that's why she didn't even think' he was coaching her 
  • Williams called umpire Carlos Ramos a 'thief' after he gave her a coaching penalty in the match's second set
  • Mouratoglou claims that Sascha Bajin, champion Naomi Osaka's coach, was also 'coaching every point too'
  • Williams was shocked by her coach, said they don't discuss signals and she never calls for on-court coaching 
  • Tennis legend will be fined $17,000 after disputing the penalty, which will come out of her $1.85m winnings

Patrick Mouratoglou has admitted to coaching Serena Williams during the US Open final but believes she didn't see him - which is why she became so enraged at the umpire. 

Williams has made headlines for coming to blows with umpire Carlos Ramos after he gave her a coaching violation in the second set.

The tennis legend, who was then docked a point after she smashed her racket, told Ramos she would rather lose than cheat. 

'I'm honest, I was coaching,' Mouratoglou said after the game. 'I don't think she looked at me, so that's why she didn't even think I was.' 

But Mouratoglou claims that Sascha Bajin, champion Naomi Osaka's coach, was also 'coaching every point too'. 

Patrick Mouratoglou has admitted to coaching Serena Williams during the US Open final, but believes she didn't see him - which is why she became so enraged at the umpire 

Patrick Mouratoglou has admitted to coaching Serena Williams during the US Open final, but believes she didn't see him - which is why she became so enraged at the umpire 

Williams made headlines after she came to blows with umpire Carlos Ramos after he gave her a coaching violation in the second set

Williams made headlines after she came to blows with umpire Carlos Ramos after he gave her a coaching violation in the second set

'I was, like 100 percent of the coaches in 100 percent of the matches, so we have to stop this hypocritical thing,' he told ESPN. 

'Sascha was coaching every point too. It's strange that this chair umpire was the chair umpire of most of the finals of Rafa [Nadal] and [his uncle] Toni's coaching every single point and he never gave a warning so I don't really get it.' 

Williams later said she was shocked to hear Mouratoglou admit to coaching. 

'We have never discussed signals,' she said. 'I don't even call for on-court coaching. I'm trying to figure out why he would say that. I don't understand. I mean, maybe he said "You can do it''.

'I was on the far other end, so I'm not sure. I want to clarify myself what he's talking about.' 

Mouratoglou later said he was just doing what every other coach does and that the umpire's reaction was 'extreme'. 

Williams hits out after being handed a coaching violation and calls umpire 'a thief' for 'stealing' a point away from her

Williams hits out after being handed a coaching violation and calls umpire 'a thief' for 'stealing' a point away from her

The tennis legend, who was then docked a point after she smashed her racket, told Ramos she would rather lose than cheat 

The tennis legend, who was then docked a point after she smashed her racket, told Ramos she would rather lose than cheat 

'Everybody does it- you all know it,' he told reporters. 'There is the rule and there's a psychology the chair umpire is supposed to have.' 

'He would say he saw you coach, do a movement and give a warning. What he did was so extreme. It's a shame. 

'There's a rule, yes. But you don't screw a Grand Slam final and make it the drama the way it was. It could have easily been avoided if there was psychology.'  

Mouratoglou said Williams felt she was 'insulted' by Ramos.

'[He] treated her like a cheater,' he said. 'She felt completely humiliated. That's why she reacted like that. Integrity is the most important thing to her.' 

Williams will be fined $17,000 for arguing with Ramos on Saturday. 

She has been docked for three separate code violations: $4,000 for a coaching violation, $3,000 for smashing her racket, and $10,000 for 'verbal abuse' toward Ramos, according to TMZ

The fines will come out of Serena's $1.85million winnings from the tournament.  

Williams has claimed she was the victim of sexism after Ramos docked her a point for Mouratoglou's gesture, accusing him of being a 'thief'.

'I never got coaching. I explained that to you and for you to attack my character then something is wrong. You're attacking my character. Yes you are. You owe me an apology,' she told him. 

'You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are the liar. When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology.' 

Mouratoglou later said he was just doing what every other coach does and that the umpire's reaction was 'extreme' 

Mouratoglou later said he was just doing what every other coach does and that the umpire's reaction was 'extreme' 

Williams has claimed she was the victim of sexism after Ramos docked her a point for Mouratoglou's hand gesture, accusing him of being a 'thief' 

Williams has claimed she was the victim of sexism after Ramos docked her a point for Mouratoglou's hand gesture, accusing him of being a 'thief' 

'Say it, say you're sorry. Then don't talk to me, don't talk to me. How dare you insinuate I was cheating? You stole a point from me. You're a thief too.'

Ramos then gave her a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty and Osaka 5-3 ahead. 

A tearful Williams argued her case with tournament officials but, although she held serve in the next game, Osaka served out the victory 6-2, 6-4. 

Asked in her press conference what she would have done differently in hindsight, Williams became increasingly emotional. 

'I can't sit here and say I wouldn't say he's a thief, because I thought he took a game from me,' she told reporters. 

'But I've seen other men call other umpires several things. I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality.

'For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He's never taken a game from a man because they said "thief". It blows my mind.

'I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that wants to express themselves, and wants to be a strong woman.

'They're going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person.'

A tearful Williams argued her case with tournament officials but, although she held serve in the next game, Osaka served out the victory 6-2, 6-4 

A tearful Williams argued her case with tournament officials but, although she held serve in the next game, Osaka served out the victory 6-2, 6-4 

Both Osaka and Williams were in tears during the emotional trophy ceremony as the crowd filled the stadium with boos

Both Osaka and Williams were in tears during the emotional trophy ceremony as the crowd filled the stadium with boos

Tennis legend Billie Jean King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, including four US Opens, was among those who jumped to back Williams as the row escalated.

'Several things went very wrong during the Women's Finals today,' King said on Twitter. 

'Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis. It isn't, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach. This should not happen.

'When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it. When a man does the same, he's 'outspoken' and there are no repercussions.

'Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.'

Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian open winner and former world No 1, was also supportive of Williams.

She tweeted: 'If it was men's match, this wouldn't happen like this. It just wouldn't.'

Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes and figure skater Adam Rippon, who both attended the match, likewise rose to Williams' defense. 

'Serena is right. I was there. And worse, he was baiting her,' Rhimes tweeted.

'Was there and completely agree,' Rippon added. 'Much worse has gone on in a mens game with no punishment. Despite what happened, she was so gracious in trying help create a special moment for Naomi in the end.' 

Both Osaka and Williams were in tears during the emotional trophy ceremony as the crowd filled the stadium with a chorus of booing. 

Williams said she felt bad as she watched the crowd's reaction to Osaka's shining moment, and even got up to the microphone and asked the crowd to stop booing  

Williams said she felt bad as she watched the crowd's reaction to Osaka's shining moment, and even got up to the microphone and asked the crowd to stop booing  

Even Osaka apologized to the crowd, telling them she was 'sorry it had to end like this' as she revealed it had been her dream to play Williams at the US Open  

Even Osaka apologized to the crowd, telling them she was 'sorry it had to end like this' as she revealed it had been her dream to play Williams at the US Open  

Williams said she felt bad as she watched the crowd's reaction to Osaka's shining moment.

'I'm crying and she's crying and I'm not sure if those are happy tears,' Williams said after the match. 'I was thinking this definitely wasn't how I felt when I won my first grand slam.'

At one point Williams even took the microphone and asked the crowd to stop.

'I know you guys were here rooting and I was rooting too but let's make this the best moment we can,' she said. 

'Let's give everyone the credit where credit's due, let's not boo anymore. Congratulations Naomi, no more booing!'

Even Osaka apologized to the crowd, telling them she was 'sorry it had to end like this'. 

'I know everyone was cheering for her,' she said. 'It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals so I'm really glad I was able to do that.' 

'And I'm really grateful I was able to play with you, so thank you,' she added, turning to address Williams.  

The WTA says it will look into the dispute between Williams and Ramos, but the USTA said his decision to hit Williams with code violations is final and the actions were not reviewable. 

FULL TRANSCRIPT OF SERENA AND UMPIRE'S FEUD

After being penalised for throwing her racket early in the second set:

'This is unbelievable. Every team I play here I have problems.

'I didn't get coaching, I didn't get coaching. I didn't get coaching. You need to make an announcement that I didn't get coaching. I don't cheat, I didn't get coaching. How can you say that?

'You owe me an apology. You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what is right for her and I've never cheated. You owe me an apology. 

After being broken to trail 4-3 in the second set:

'I never got coaching. I explained that to you and for you to attack my character then something is wrong. You're attacking my character. Yes you are. You owe me an apology.

'You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are the liar. When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology.

'Say it, say you're sorry. Then don't talk to me, don't talk to me. How dare you insinuate I was cheating? You stole a point from me. You're a thief too.'

After being docked a game:

'Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? Because I said you were a thief? You stole a point from me. I'm not a cheater. I told you to apologise to me. Excuse me I need the referee, I don't agree with that.

With tournament referees:

'This is not right. INAUDIBLE. He said I was being coached but I was not being coached. That's not right. You know me. You know my character. This is not fair. This has happened to me too many times. This is not fair. To lose a game for saying that is not fair. Do you know how many men do things that are much worse than that? This is not fair.

'There are a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are a man it doesn't matter. This is unbelievable. No I don't know the risk because if I say a simple thing, a thief, because he stole a point from me.

'There are men out here that do a lot worse and because I'm a woman you're going to take this away from me. That is not right. And you know it and I know you can't admit it, but I know you know that is not right. I know you can't change it but I'm just saying that is not right.

'I get the rules but I'm just saying it's not right. It happens to me at this tournament every single year and it's not fair. That's all I have to say.

Post-match press conference: 

'I can't sit here and say I wouldn't say he's a thief, because I thought he took a game from me.

'But I've seen other men call other umpires several things. I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say 'thief' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief'. It blows my mind.

'I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that wants to express themselves, and wants to be a strong woman.

'They're going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn't work out for me, but it's going to work out for the next person.' 

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Serena Williams aces US Open win and slays new Queen adI'm not a cheater': Serena Williams argues with umpire at U.S. Open women's final

  • Serena Williams came to blows with the umpire in the U.S. Open's Women's final as she accused him of 'stealing a point from her' 
  • The 23-time Grand Slam winner screamed at Ramos: 'Every time I play here, I have problems. I did not have coaching, I don't cheat' 
  • 'How dare you insinuate that I was cheating? You stole a point from me. You're a thief too,' she continued to rage 

Serena Williams came to blows with the umpire in the U.S. Open's Women's final as she accused him of 'stealing a point from her'.

Umpire Carlos Ramos issued a game penalty to the U.S star during her game against Japan's Naomi Osaka because the umpire accused her of getting coaching from the side lines. 

The 23-time Grand Slam winner screamed at Ramos: 'Every time I play here, I have problems. I did not have coaching, I don't cheat. You need to make an announcement. I have a daughter and I stand for what's right. You owe me an apology.'

'For you to attack my character is wrong. You owe me an apology. You will never be on a court with me as long as you live. You are the liar. You owe me an apology. Say it. Say you're sorry.

'How dare you insinuate that I was cheating? You stole a point from me. You're a thief too. '  

Moments later Williams crashed out of the final with Osaka winning 6-2, 6-4. 

Serena Williams came to blows with the umpire in the US Women's final as she accused him of 'stealing a point from her'

Serena Williams came to blows with the umpire in the US Women's final as she accused him of 'stealing a point from her'

'This is not right, this is not fair. This has happened to me too many times,' Williams screamed at the umpire on court

'This is not right, this is not fair. This has happened to me too many times,' Williams screamed at the umpire on court

The drama unfolded when Williams realized she had been given a point penalty after she broke her racket during the final at Flushing Meadows in New York City.   

'This is not right, this is not fair. This has happened to me too many times,' Williams screamed at Ramos. 

'Because I'm a woman you're going to take this away from me. This is not right. Ever single year that I play this is just not fair'.

Williams then began crying as she says: 'I've worked so hard to be in this position.'

Her coach Patrick Mouratoglou who was accused of offering her coaching from the sidelines said after the game:  'Not once in my life have I ever been called a coaching violation'. 

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Serena Williams is BANNED from wearing her skin-tight catsuit at the French Open because it is 'disrespectful to the game' - but fans say the decision is 'terrible' and 'racist'

Serena Williams in Beats by Dre ad.

On Monday Serena Williams made a successful return to the US Open when she stepped back on the court as the new mom gets her tennis groove back.
The Grand Slam champion was greeted with a warm welcome from tennis fans after her hiatus following the birth of her daughter, Olympia. It was the first time she had been back to the Arthur AsheStadium since 2016.
“It is such a great feeling to be back out here,” said Williams. “It is one of those feelings I only get here in New York.”
Williams crushed Magda Linette 6-4, 6-0. That win was coupled with a sisterly victory after Venus walked away with an earlier win besting Svetlana Kuznetsova with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 victory.
Williams is certainly the Queen of the court and was hailed as such in a new Beats by Dre ad featuring Nas and Nicki Minaj. Even Minaj, whose new album is titled Queen,  took to Instagram to give all praise to Williams.

“#SerenaWilliams – I speak for all of us when I say it’s been an absolute pleasure watching you show us what it is to be a true QUEEN! Talented, strong, beautiful, intelligent, unapologetic, gracious, TRIUMPHANT, QUEEN!!!!!!” Minaj wrote.

Next up, if Venus keeps performing as well as she does, Serena Williams could ultimately meet her sister face to face to square off for the Grand Slam title.
“There’s still several matches to play before you’re there,” Williams told reporters about a possible matchup with her sister. “Right now I just feel like I’m on the road to getting better.
And if you’re wondering what was Serena Williams wearing for her big return that became a big sensation after she wore an eye-catching medical catsuit that ultimately made French Open officials ban it?
Well she kept it simple with an off the shoulder tennis dress with and fishnet compression tights that helps circulation to prevent blood clots.
“It’s easy to play in, kind of aerodynamic with the one arm free,” said Williams. “The tutu is easy to play in because I practiced in it before. That was fun.”

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Serena Williams Explains 'This Is Why I Chose To Marry A WHITE MAN' {Do You AGREE With Her Reasoning?}

French Open bans Serena Williams' black catsuit

  • The French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, says the tournament is introducing a dress code to regulate players' uniforms
  • In an interview in Tennis Magazine's 500th edition, Giudicelli singled out the figure-hugging black suit that Williams wore this year at Roland-Garros
  • Williams, 36, who has won the French Open three times, previously said the catsuit she wore to this year's tournament made her feel like a superhero
  • 'It will no longer be accepted,' Giudicelli said of the outfit. 'One must respect the game and the place'
  • Williams previously explained that the catsuit helped prevent blood clots after she gave birth to her daughter

Serena Williams will no longer be allowed to wear her skin-tight black catsuit at the French Open.

The French Tennis Federation president, Bernard Giudicelli, says the tournament that Williams has won three times is introducing a dress code to regulate players' uniforms because 'I think that sometimes we've gone too far'.

In an interview in Tennis Magazine's 500th edition, Giudicelli singled out the figure-hugging black suit that Williams wore this year at Roland Garros and said made her feel like a superhero.

Banned: Serena Williams will no longer be allowed to wear her skin-tight black catsuit at the French Open. She is pictured wearing it in May this year during the tournament
Banned: Serena Williams will no longer be allowed to wear her skin-tight black catsuit at the French Open. She is pictured wearing it in May this year during the tournament

Banned: Serena Williams will no longer be allowed to wear her skin-tight black catsuit at the French Open. She is pictured wearing it in May this year during the tournament

Purpose: The catsuit enabled Williams to avoid developing blood clots, which was a recurrent problem for her after she gave birth to her daughter in September 2017

Purpose: The catsuit enabled Williams to avoid developing blood clots, which was a recurrent problem for her after she gave birth to her daughter in September 2017

'It will no longer be accepted,' Giudicelli said. 'One must respect the game and the place.'

He said Roland Garros' new rules won't be as strict as Wimbledon's, which require that players wear white, but will 'impose certain limits'.

Many player uniforms for 2019 have already been designed but Giudicelli said the FFT will be asking manufacturers for an advance look at them.

In May, Serena had made it clear that the black bodysuit she wore at the French Open was much more than a fashion statement to her.

There was a practical reason for the full-length legs on the skintight outfit: The aim was to protect her because of past bouts with blood clots.

Protection: The black catsuit helped preserve Williams' health as she returned to Grand Slam action about nine months after giving birth to her daughter Olympia

Protection: The black catsuit helped preserve Williams' health as she returned to Grand Slam action about nine months after giving birth to her daughter Olympia

Back: The outfit called to mind Williams' black 'catsuit' that she wore at the 2002 U.S. Open
Back: The outfit called to mind Williams' black 'catsuit' that she wore at the 2002 U.S. Open

Back: The outfit called to mind Williams' black 'catsuit' that she wore at the 2002 U.S. Open

With the outfit, she also wanted to send about self-worth and feeling powerful as she returned to Grand Slam action about nine months after giving birth to her daughter Olympia Ohanian, now 11 months old.

'It feels like this suit represents all the women that have been through a lot mentally, physically, with their body to come back and have confidence and to believe in themselves,' she said at the time. 'I definitely feel like it is an opportunity for me to inspire a whole different group of amazing women and kids.'

The outfit called to mind Williams' black 'catsuit' that she wore at the 2002 U.S. Open. It also was reminiscent of the white bodysuit that American player Anne White wore at Wimbledon in 1985.

Williams referred to what she wore at the French Open as the 'catsuit — the new version, 2.0.'

'I call it, like, my Wakanda-inspired catsuit,' referring to the fictional nation in the film Black Panther.

'We designed it way before the movie,' she said, 'but still, it kind of reminds me of that.'

Not having it: The decision to ban Williams' catsuit sparked fury among Twitter users

Not having it: The decision to ban Williams' catsuit sparked fury among Twitter users

Speaking out: Some also struggled to understand what motivated the decision, and pointed out that Williams' outfit covers her entire body

Speaking out: Some also struggled to understand what motivated the decision, and pointed out that Williams' outfit covers her entire body

Outrage: Twitter users took to the platform to blast the 'terrible' and 'racist' decision

Outrage: Twitter users took to the platform to blast the 'terrible' and 'racist' decision

'Please explain': Some Twitter users expressed their dismay after hearing about the decision

'Please explain': Some Twitter users expressed their dismay after hearing about the decision

Williams said she feels 'like a warrior princess, kind of,' when she wears the outfit.

'I'm always living in a fantasy world,' she added. 'I always wanted to be a superhero, and it's kind of my way of being a superhero.' 

The champion gave birth on September 1 2017, then dealt with complications related to a pulmonary embolism — and the catsuit was also meant to help with her cirdculation.

'I had a lot of problems with my blood clots, and, God, I don't know how many I have had in the past 12 months. So it is definitely a little functionality to it,' Williams said.

'I have been wearing pants in general a lot when I play, so I can keep the blood circulation going. It's a fun suit, but it's also functional, so I can be able to play without any problems.' 

Williams is about to return to the US Open next week. She will do so in a new power outfit designed by Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh, in collaboration with Nike.

Design: Williams is about to return to the US Open next week. She will do so in a new power outfit designed by Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh
Design: Williams is about to return to the US Open next week. She will do so in a new power outfit designed by Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh

Design: Williams is about to return to the US Open next week. She will do so in a new power outfit designed by Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh

Outfits: Abloh created several designs for Williams, including a one-shoulder dress with a tulle skirt
Collection: The designer also created a jacket for the athlete to wear off the court

Outfits: Abloh created several designs for Williams, including a one-shoulder dress with a tulle skirt and a jacket for her to wear on the court

Sharing: Williams shared this photo of herself in the outfit Abloh designed for her on Instagram

Sharing: Williams shared this photo of herself in the outfit Abloh designed for her on Instagram

The designs created by Abloh for Williams include a one-shoulder black dress with a tulle skirt, custom NikeCourt Flare sneakers, and a jacket for her to wear off the court. 

Giudicelli's decision to ban Williams' catsuit at the French Open sparked fury among Twitter users, who took to the platform to blast the 'terrible' and 'racist' move.

Some also struggled to understand what motivated the decision, and pointed out that Williams' outfit covers her entire body.

'Serena Williams, who wore an outfit specifically designed to help prevent blood clots because she almost *died* after giving birth, won't be able to wear her catsuit again at the French Open because the tournament chief... doesn't like it,' one Twitter user wrote. 'That's literally the only reason.'

'Please explain how this catsuit is disrespectful?' another person asked. 'Sit down dude.' 

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Serena Williams Gave Sean Paul Some Tennis Lessons

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Serena Williams has an article in today's NY Times - where she explains why she close to marry a White man, over the many Black men she dated.

And Serena's reasoning sounds pretty GOOD to us. Here's what she told the Times:

I asked Serena, who had dated black men and white men, what message her marriage to Ohanian sent.

“Oh my God,” she said. “Literally all I tell Alexis is, ‘well, you know, there’s such a difference between white people and black people.’ He always gets to hear about the injustices that happen; that wouldn’t happen if I were white. It’s interesting. I never thought I would have married a white guy, either, so it just goes to show you that love truly has no color, and it just really goes to show me the importance of what love is. And my dad absolutely loves Alexis.”

She added: “Ultimately I wanted to be with someone who treated me nice, someone who was able to laugh with me and someone who understood my life and someone that loved me.

“And you know, I’m sure there’s other people out there,” she said, pausing for effect and then laughing. “But you know, Alexis is the one I connected with, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Serena and Alexis dated for almost two years before getting married. She broke up with DRAKE to get with her husband. And she seems VERY happy with her choice. She now has a beautiful baby girl Alexis Olympia as well

Serena Williams announces return to tennis following birth of daugh...


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Serena Williams celebrates the diversity of women in Nike film

Serena Williams and Sean Paul hit the tennis court for some friendly competition.

Serena Williams is back to playing professional tennis following her hiatus after giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September last year. The tennis legend had a rough pregnancy with several complications including blood clots, and was bed rest for six. On Thursday, she played her first competitive tennis match against Zarina Diyas which she won.

But before getting down to business, Serena Williams trained extensively and even found time to hit the court with dancehall legend Sean Paul who is a big fan of hers. SP and Serena have been friends for years and even previously did some charity work together in Jamaica. As for her big comeback to tennis, she has something to say about that on IG.

“It’s official. My comeback is here,” she said. “This Thursday I will start playing tennis again professionally for the first time since giving birth to my daughter. This whole month I am playing tournaments in California and Florida- both my home states. Thursday, the day I play my very first match, marks international women’s day. My comeback could not have come on a better day and I decided I wanted to do something different let you all be apart of my long journey back (if you want of course!!) So I created my Serena Gold toned “S” pin.”

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Serena Williams tells John McEnroe to 'respect my privacy' as she poses nude for Vanity Fair {VIDEO}

In 2017, Serena Williams solidified her status at as the greatest ever by winning the Australian Open while eight weeks pregnant.

Throughout her career, the 23-time Major winner has used sport as a platform for progress. It’s no surprise that with Serena’s return to the court for her first tour-level match next week at Indian Wells, the tennis icon is using the moment to once again stand for equality.

“I want people to understand there is no wrong way to be a woman. We shouldn’t be made to feel like we have to act a certain way because we are women and we shouldn’t be made to feel like we need to fit into the same box. We are all different and we should celebrate those differences,” says Serena.

That thought is reflected in a new Nike film, “Until We All Win,” that recognizes International Women’s Day and features Serena.

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Nike declares Serena Williams is the ‘greatest athlete ever’ {VIDEO} Do you agree? A beautifully pregnant Serena Williams poses nude for Vanity Fair entertainment serena williams vanity fair

  • Williams is expecting her first child
  • McEnroe said Williams would be 700 in the world on men's circuit

Serena Williams has responded to John McEnroe's claims that she would struggle on the men's tennis circuit by telling her fellow American to "keep me out of your statements that are not factually based."

Seven-time grand slam winner McEnroe reopened an age-old debate by telling US radio station NPR that Williams would "be like 700 in the world" if she played on the men's Tour. 
Williams, winner of 23 grand slam singles titles and the only woman in Forbes' list of the world's 100 highest paid athletes in 2017, announced in April she was expecting her first child.
Reacting to McEnroe's comments, the 35-year-old tweeted: "Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based. 
"I've never played anyone ranked 'there' nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I'm trying to have a baby. Good day sir."

'Serena's an incredible player' 

Former world No.1 John McEnroe won Wimbledon three times
McEnroe, 58, emphasized that Williams was "an incredible player" and the "best female player ever -- no question."
Neither did he rule out that a female player would one day be able to outshine the world's best male players, saying: "Maybe at some point a women's tennis player can be better than anybody. 
"I just haven't seen it in any other sport, and I haven't seen it in tennis. I suppose anything's possible at some stage."
Ranked 700 in the world on the men's Tour is Issam Haitham Taweel of Egypt, a 27-year-old with no career titles, while Russia's Dmitry Tursunov is a place below him in the rankings. 
Tursunov, 34, told the BBC that he hoped that he would beat Williams were they to ever play each other. 
Serena Williams sneaks up on fans during match
"It would be a similar argument to: who would run faster, the fastest woman or the fastest man? Tennis is becoming more and more a physical sport, so it's going to be hard for a woman to beat the men," said the former world No20 who has won seven career titles. 
"It's not black and white, there are lots of factors to take into account. Physically I might not be in the best shape of my life but as an overall package I'm much better than my ranking would suggest. She is pregnant, and I'm not.
"I've never heard John say anything absolutely stupid - he knows his stuff. What he said about her being an incredible player is correct -- explosive, powerful and she puts in a lot of work. But I would hope that I would win."
Williams, one of the greatest athletes of her generation, has said she will make her tennis comeback next year.

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Nike has a new ad out featuring Serena Williams, in which they are calling her the “greatest athlete ever,” female or otherwise.
The ad, called Unlimited Greatness, is a 60-second spot that shows her journey from childhood to her dominance in the world of tennis, and it doesn’t take gender into account when it calls her the “greatest athlete ever.”
“From Compton’s courts to the world stage. This is the story of the greatest athlete ever,” Nike said of Williams.
For reference, this was probably a response to a Wimbledon press conference in which Williams was asked how she felt about being one of the “greatest female athletes of all time.”
“I prefer the word ‘one of the greatest athletes of all time,’” Williams replied at the time.


Check out the inspiring ad below.

 

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Comment by El-Bull on September 10, 2018 at 10:52pm

Momma Bear there you go with that black feminist crap. You and your type are mercenary to say the least. It' ok for a woman not to be on the same financial standing as the man but when it comes to men, you want him to be rich otherwise he's of no use to you. OFTEN  men marry down while women like you want to marry a bank account rather than a person Typical indoctrination by white people. There are many good Black men who are not millionaires yet work a good, who are overlooked because of mercenary women like you. and when women like you say there are no good men out there, you actually mean someone who can take of you instead of working together-----THUS that is why so many of your are alone, lonely and miserable......YOU IN MY BOOK WOULD NOT BE WORTHY OF BEING A MATE  because of your faulty thinking and Hollywood dreams

Comment by mr1stroke on September 10, 2018 at 5:53pm

Momma Bear  im not saying you youre blaming me, i was making a point no matter what they have been through those women out there blame black men for every they do, and everything that is happening to them, they do noyt look at their action, 90% of the women out there are not worthy of taking serious or to be someones wife, they do not make smart decision in men, they have no self respect it is just a community dismembered, i mean dont you ever ask your self why do a groupd of women just go on and keep on having babies for a bunch of men who will not be there for their kids, how smart is that? they do it than turn around and blame the men, unless you can tell me all those women were rape they will never be worth it not every men is willing to drag a bunch fo women with a bunch of kids, why would every one of them go on pop babies than expect someone to take them serious, how about they make that decision before, unless they have serenas money no men want to deal with the nonsense

Comment by Momma Bear on September 10, 2018 at 5:35pm

@ Mr1Stroke - I truly don't see how you get " blame the black man" from what I am saying. All races do the actions you describe. The only difference is that Black people are singled out because their reaction is not deemed relevant or legitimate. 

Again " cant win for loosing". I have done my part in pointing out why this stigma has clouded us as a people; and worst - its being perpetuated by our own. There is inequality on both faces for us as black women. No matter how educated and prestigious you are - you get paid and treated less. Peace and Love @ Mr1Stroke. I will now redirect my time and efforts to - My lover, my king, my daddy, my man dingo, My best friend, the love of my life ect.  He has never put me down.  

Comment by Momma Bear on September 10, 2018 at 4:12pm

@ Mr1Stroke - your words below speaks to the heart of my point. As strong men ( black or other wise) your job in life is to be our rock, sometimes our foundation when we are week momentarily or shaken. And this is why she choose this man - he is there for her when everyone else calls her " manly" because of her body ect.
Calling any woman any other name than a name of encouragement, or one to reassures her, should be beneath you. Some women need more reassurance than others - that does not mean they are flawed. They just need reassurance to be at their best. You do not know their back ground. Maybe they had a traumatic experience from a black man, so they veered. In any case - love on us in spite of your experience or biases. I must say in my experiences  -  the love of my life surely helped along the way.

Comment by mr1stroke on September 10, 2018 at 4:03pm
Momma Bear all those women used the same excuses either they can do better because a black man can't give them enough, or they just insecure, if her background is why she does what she does why blame it on black men, that's all black women ever do blame black men for their dumb choices, those women out there are sleeping around with every one without protection getting pregnant that's why they are not getting married and,now it's just a crisis those women are online sleeping with everything but claim they are good women, many of us men always think Serena is beautiful she had dated black men before but Hollywood is doing even more damages to those black women who were already weak, by telling them to date other races than blacks and also many of the makes athletes do it we cannot make excuse for our action we have to own our choice negros just hate each other in every way so black live is absolete when they see a black couple in love they try every way to break that it's a damn cursed
Comment by mr1stroke on September 10, 2018 at 12:28pm
Momma Bear lol did you type that on a serious note there are not a lot of,black man on her level as far as success, if that's what you meant when the last time have you done your survey, or analysis and where are you from, what type of black men have you been around, there are black men in the private sector shaking America they are not celebrities, but if we have to choose celebrities do you know how many out there with money and riches, black women are the most insecure creature on earth that's why they stuck wearing everything fake, that's why they are always want to have kids with other races so their kids can have good hair yhats how insecure they are so don't make excuses why those women are marrying out of their race it's not because of love it's to fit in with society every one has the right to choose show ever it is their life, but make no excuses own it and don't come back and complaint, look at Janwet Jackson b**** thought she was doing better and look what happened even Halle berry who have been with black men but she thought she could do better that mufucker was a psycho, let's stop the excuse once many have money they think they are white and the people who are giving them the money tell them to choose white because their career can be better
Comment by Vana on September 10, 2018 at 12:28pm

You go Momma Bear!i I agree!

Comment by Momma Bear on September 10, 2018 at 12:14pm
@ el bull and @ James - you have no idea what it's like being a successfully black woman. Black women can't " win for loosing" . You behave proper, people say "your too white". You speak up, people say your an " angry black woman" or in this case a sore looser. Please be reminded that there is not a lot of black men out there of her stature both financially and physically. Her objective was to have someone love her unconditionally. Don't be mad she did not choose your " snake". Lol.
Comment by El-Bull on September 9, 2018 at 7:21pm

Jerome S [ Barz ]  strong possibility as like Janet Jackson and many everyday black women, all they wanted in the first place was the proverbial pretty mixed baby-----she is actually getting a wake up call and once shes awake, will attempt to come back home but will be rejected by the very same black men she rejected due to her traitorous behavior and mind think------she's tainted goods in the mind of many black men and did it to herself with her original denigrating comments towards black men

Comment by Jerome S [ Barz ] on September 9, 2018 at 7:02pm
If what you; James Gibb and Mr. Bull are implying is correct then a divorce would be pending. Aye carunbma!!! Serena can yet become MY baby's MAMA !!! (Taking a bow in a cascading rain of roses ) !!! ♡♡♡.
But seriously, I would appreciate your own words as your comment.

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