"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.


The 23-time grand slam winner will play alongside Frances Tiafoe when the US takes on Switzerland on New Year's Day 2019. Federer will team up with Belinda Bencic.


"I always enjoy playing in Western Australia and in front of the crowd there at Perth Arena," Williams said, according to ​Yahoo. "The Aussie fans are always so warm and supportive and the Hopman Cup has always given me a great start to the season, especially ahead of the Australian Open."


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 she lost the match to Naomi Osaka.


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.







However, for others, Williams' questionable sportsmanship wasn't enough reason to boycott her and miss a legendary match. Many fans were thrilled at the prospect of watching the two tennis legends face off against each other for the first time ever.




Germania is a staff writer at Pluralist.
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