Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Tennis star Osaka named Nissan ambassador, gives hope to biracial Japanese

Tennis star Osaka named Nissan ambassador, gives hope to biracial Japanese

For Osaka, who four years ago took a selfie with Williams outside the same court, the notion that she was the opposing player handed an advantage by the umpire seemed to fill her with agony.

The cartoon was also criticised by the veteran civil rights campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson, who said it was "despicable", and Melbourne-born basketball star Ben Simmons. In Knight's cartoon, Williams was seen jumping up and down having spat out a dummy as the umpire asks Haitian-Japanese tournament victor Naomi Osaka "can't you just let her win?".

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 30: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates during her ladies singles second round match against Zarina Diyas of Kazhakstan during day four of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2018 in Paris, France.

The Herald Sun reported on Tuesday that Knight had been mentioned on Twitter almost 74,000 times following the cartoon's publication.

Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston defended the cartoon and Mr Knight in the aftermath of the cartoon being published, news.com.au reported.

Naomi Osaka made the world sit up and notice her when she beat Serena Williams in straight sets in the US Open final.

Critics said the cartoon used racist and sexist stereotypes. The world has gone insane, ' Knight declared during an interview with The Herald Sun.

But critics, most notably online, labelled the cartoon racist because it depicted Williams with big fat lips and masculine features.

An Australian cartoonist faced criticism yesterday for portraying tennis superstar Serena Williams using what Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling described as "racist and sexist tropes".

"You're told to just turn around and try to focus so I tried to do that", she said. Ramos then penalised her a game. I don't believe it's a good idea to apply a standard of, "If men can get away with it, women should be able to, too".

"I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world's best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting". Ramos penalized her two more times, for damaging her racket and telling him, "You stole a point from me and you are a thief", according to the Washington Post.

"I saw the world number one tennis player have a huge hissy fit and spit the dummy".

He claimed Knight's creation had "nothing to do with gender or race". "I have since texted her coach to make sure she understands that she is celebrated and how proud I am of her".

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