"Do the umpires know she's a mother though?"
Serena Williams will play Roger Federer in a mixed doubles match at the
Hopman Cup in Australia next year, the tournament's organizer revealed Wednesday.
"I always enjoy playing in Western Australia and in front of the crowd there at Perth Arena," Williams said, according to Yahoo. "
But despite Williams' depiction of Aussie fans, they didn't take news of her participation in the tournament well.
While a match featuring two of the best players of all time may seem like a dream come true for tennis fans, it appears Australians aren't ready to forgive Williams' controversial performance at the US Open finals last month.
Williams infamously accused umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism, and called him a "thief," for handing her three violations before
To many Australians, Williams' behavior demonstrated poor sportsmanship, which shouldn't be rewarded. Some even said they will no longer attend the tournament in protest of her participation.
Serena doesn’t deserve such a reception from us. I was considering going to Perth with my family hearing Roger is coming back. But now I’ve changed my mind as my protest.— April Pan (@aprilpoon) October 3, 2018
Do the umpires know she’s a mother though?— Matt Campbell (@MCCam88) October 3, 2018
I will not be watching her in protest to her fake sexism stand...really just a poor loser!— Dotti (@dottisworld) October 4, 2018
I wonder why she is still allowed to play?! I politely request from Serena Williams if she reads this: please do not come to Australia to play tennis.— HamperMamper (@HamperMamper) October 4, 2018
If she is losing another match, I hope she doesn't chuck a tantrum— Andy Hayward (@andyleawe20) October 3, 2018
if it was Naomi Osaka, i would watch.— Nakata (@Nakat4_) October 3, 2018
However, for others, Williams' questionable sportsmanship
Love it!!! Serena and Roger! ❤️ Can’t wait to watch them! The best athletes ever!— Laury Lory (@laurynewyork) October 3, 2018
Federer and Serena will play the same Hopman Cup edition for the first time.— José Morgado (@josemorgado) October 3, 2018
The event got 48 singles Grand Slams combined. Surely a record.
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