Serena Apologizes For US Open Outburst
Serena Williams had a semi-meltdown at the 2018 US Open final, calling chair umpire Carlos Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” before smashing her racket. She lost the match to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka.
Now, in Harper’s Bazaar’s cover story, she penned an essay where she apologizes for the outburst, though she still maintains she was treated unfairly.
“This debacle ruined something that should have been amazing and historic,” she wrote. “Not only was a game taken from me but a defining, triumphant moment was taken from another player.”
In the aftermath, “I couldn’t find peace,” Serena added. “I started seeing a therapist. I was searching for answers, and although I felt like I was making progress, I still wasn’t ready to pick up a racket.”
She eventually wrote to Naomi that she was “truly sorry” — but still said that she “thought I was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself.”
During the game, the umpire hit her with a code violation for receiving coaching from the stands from trainer Patrick Mouratoglou. Serena maintained that she’d “never cheated in my life,” though Patrick later admitted he’d given her advice and said she might not have seen it.
Read the story HERE.