Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian slams NY Times report for false sexism reports

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Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian has spoken out over what he calls "misleading" reporting of statistics showing the punishments for male and female players in tennis.

That's after a report in the New York Times suggested that there have been more Grand-Slam fines issued to men than there have women, however, Ohanian isn't happy with the report.

The issue was first raised during Serena Williams' US Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka, where the American faced a point and game penalty. Williams exchanged words with the match umpire, Carlos Ramos claiming that the umpire was a 'thief' after he issued her with a point penalty.

However, Williams later received a game penalty after receiving three code violations for her actions on the court - claiming that a man would never have received the sanctions she did.

Following the events of Williams' US Open defeat, her sexism claims were soon backed by the likes of Billie Jean King and representatives from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), while plenty of others thought Ramos was more than fair in how he handled the situation.

Alexis Ohanian slams the New York Times

Just as we thought the dust was starting to settle for Wiliams, husband Alexis Ohanian has now spoken out about the situation following a report by Christopher Clarey of the New York Times, which revealed data showing that a total of 1,534 code violations were given to men at grand-slam events between 1998 and 2018, compared to 526 for women.

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But, despite the data suggesting men are issued code violations more than women, Ohanian claims that the numbers are incomplete as there is no information on how many incidents the code violations came from to begin with.

He angrily tweeted: "Statistics help for @NYTimes @christopherclarey please: The argument is that women are punished more often *per incident* than men are. These data only show there are more penalties for men *total.*

"E.g. If men were punished 344 times out of 3440 audible obscenities (10% enforcement), but women were punished 140 times out of 700 audible obscenities (20% enforcement) - that would mean women are penalized 2x more often than men for the same violation."

Ohanian then slams Clarey, describing his article as having a "misleading headline with a body of 'research' that means literally nothing."

To add the icing to the cake, Ohanian ended his rage with a good-will gesture by donating "$10 for every word" that was in the article, which was 714 to be precise.

"And so that some good comes out of this, I've donated $10 for every word (714) in that misleading article to @DonorsChoose classroom projects to make sure the next generation gets access to learn basic statistics. Thank you, @christophclarey."

It's fair to say if he was a world number one tennis player, it would certainly be match point Ohanian after that post.

Serena is yet to make a comment on the report and it is not yet known when she will next compete on the WTA tour.

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