World number three Novak Djokovic has secured the third US Open title of his career, defeating Argentine star Juan Martin del Potro in the final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday.
The tournament, thereby, came to a conclusion for this year amidst controversial circumstances which have dominated the headlines since Saturday's women's final.
Serena Williams launched a furious tirade at umpire Carlos Ramos during her defeat to Naomi Osaka after being given a number of violations.
Williams argued that although she did called Ramos a 'thief', male players who have been even more abusive towards an umpire in the past were not punished in the same way.
The American has since received backing from the WTA and now Djokovic, who beat Del Potro 6-3 7-6 6-3, has weighed in with his thoughts on the controversial argument.
Djokovic has backed Williams and believe under-fire umpire Carlos Ramos possibly should have been a bit more lenient given the occasion.
“Maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a Grand Slam final," the Serbian said, per The Mirror.
“It did change the course of the match and was maybe unnecessary. We all go through our emotions, especially when you’re fighting for a Grand Slam trophy.
“Men and women are treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation. It’s hard to generalise things. I don’t see it’s necessary really to debate that.
“I love Serena, first of all. I really felt for her. It’s a tough thing for a chair umpire to deal with. We have to empathise with him.
“Everyone was in a very awkward situation. A lot of emotions. Serena was crying. Naomi was crying. It was really tough.
“I just feel like, as Serena said in the closing ceremony, Osaka deserves to have her moment. As for Serena, she knows I love her.
“She really inspires everyone. To see her still being so dedicated and so committed to this sport, it’s inspiring really to me and to many tennis players, both men and women, around the world.”
It was revealed Williams has been fined £13,000 for the turn of events in the final, that saw her issued with three code violations.
WTA chief Steve Simon, as well as United States Tennis Association president Katrina Adams, echoed the same emotions accusing the Portuguese umpire of treating women differently.
“The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same," Simon said, in a statement.
"We do not believe that this was done on Saturday night.
“We look forward to more thrilling matches between these great athletes and hope that what we all witnessed yesterday never happens again.”News Now - Sport News