Tennis legend Roger Federer has slammed fellow colleague Serena Williams for her outburst in the final of the US Open which she lost to rising sensation Naomi Osaka. Serena lost the contest 6-2, 6-4 but it was her tantrums in the second set where she accused the umpire of being a ‘thief’ and later levelled charges of ‘sexism’ against him which stole the show, completely overshadowing Osaka’s breakthrough victory.
20-time Grand Slam Champion Federer has now stated that Williams went too far in her behaviour when in an ideal scenario, she should have walked away.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, he said:
“I feel like Serena should have walked away. She did, but she went too far. She should have walked earlier. It’s a little bit excusable. The umpire maybe should not have pushed her there. It’s unfortunate, but an incredible case study.”
Federer further added that the aftermath of the incident though could prove good for the sport:
“Anything that’s good for society and gets the ball rolling, I’m all for it. I dove into the situation with Serena on so many levels, to understand the umpire, Osaka, Serena, the crowd.”
It remains to be seen how Serena reacts to these comments by Federer.