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story behind the book | kate tuttle

A tennis great and an American hero

Raymond Arsenault, author of “Arthur Ashe: A Life,” points out that the tennis great was also an activist, philanthropist, and public intellectual.

Marin Cilic received a code violation for slamming his racket in a Davis Cup match Sunday by the same umpire who issued three violations to Serena Williams in her US Open final.

Marin Cilic issued violation by same umpire in Serena Williams’ US Open final

Carlos Ramos gave Cilic a warning for slamming his racket during a Davis Cup loss.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale looks on from the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Chris Sale has been great, but here’s why he shouldn’t win the Cy Young, and other thoughts

There’s one stat that is holding him back in the race to be the American League’s best starter.

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2018 file photo, Larry Nassar, former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation's top gymnasts, appears in Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Mich. Numerous people have been criminally charged, fired or forced out of jobs in the wake of the scandal involving once-renowned gymnastics doctor, Nassar, who is serving decades in prison for molesting athletes and for child pornography crimes. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)

TARA SULLIVAN

A new low in Larry Nassar fallout, if that’s even possible, and other thoughts

A lawsuit claims Michigan State knew one of its athletes had made a rape allegation against the then-student doctor in 1992.

Serena Williams was assessed three code violations, costing her a game penalty, in the US Open final.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

My niece who played on the WTA Tour says Serena Williams was not mistreated

Meghann Shaughnessy, a 19-year tennis pro, believes the umpire did nothing wrong at the US Open.

Carlos Ramos issued three code violations to Serena Williams in Saturday’s US Open final.

Tennis

Umpire Carlos Ramos speaks for first time since Serena Williams dispute

“I’m fine, given the circumstances,” Carlos Ramos told a Portuguese newspaper.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 8, 2018 Serena Williams of the US reacts against Naomi Osaka of Japan during their Women's Singles Finals match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. - Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the US Tennis Association in the wake her outburst during a controversial US Open final loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka. The American star was fined for coaching, racquet abuse and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of being

Kevin Paul Dupont

Rules are rules, and Serena Williams went too far this time

Her charges of sexism at the US Open are difficult to accept considering her history at the event.

erena Williams argued with umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women's Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka.

Tennis

Women’s Tennis Association calls for equal treatment of players and allowing on-court coaching

Critics inside and outside of tennis argued Serena Williams wasn’t treated the same as some male players in the US Open final.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his men's Singles finals match against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina on Day Fourteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

US Open

With US Open title, Novak Djokovic enters grand company

The 31-year-old Serb won his third US Open title, his second Grand Slam this season, and 14th overall to tie Pete Sampras for third all time

Serena Williams called umpire Carlos Ramos a “thief” for stealing a game from her in Saturday’s US Open final.

Tara Sullivan

Celebrate Serena Williams’s greatness, even in a contentious defeat

Williams was left to defend her honor in the wake of a coveted 24th Grand Slam title, and rightfully praised champion Naomi Osaka.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States walks off after smashing her racket during her Women's Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)

Tennis

Serena Williams fined for US Open code violations

Williams was penalized for verbal abuse of an official, breaking her racket, and receiving coaching.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Serena Williams of the United States argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women's Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)

Billie Jean King says tennis guilty of double standard

King responded to the controversy involving Serena Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos in the US Open final.

Serena Williams (eft) and Naomi Osaka posde for photos during the trophy ceremony after Osaka defeated Williams in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

Commentary

Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, and the trials of excellence for black women

On a night that should have been a celebration, the players shed tears and a hug as a consolation for the sweet-and-sour sting that comes with being black and a woman and great.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina reacts during his men's singles semi-final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on Day Twelve of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

US Open men’s final (Sunday, 4 p.m., ESPN)

Four surgeries later, Juan Martin del Potro to again play for US Open crown

The 2009 champ to play 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

Serena Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos had a heated exchange during the US Open final on Saturday.

Listen to what Serena Williams had to say about her loss at the US Open

Williams was outspoken about her run-in with umpire Carlos Ramos after losing in the final.

Serena Williams reacted in the second set after a heated argument with the referee, who penalized her a game in the championship match of the US Open.

US Open

Serena Williams loses US Open final after contentious penalty

Serena Williams, who lost to Naomi Osaka, was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended argument.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Rafael Nadal of Spain (R) hugs Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina after he is forced to retire due to injury in his men's singles semi-final match on Day Twelve of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

us open

Rafael Nadal retires from semifinal with knee injury

Juan Martin Del Potro moves on to final.

Serena Williams returns a shot to Anastasija Sevastova, of Latvia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

US OPEN

Serena Williams advances to US Open final

Williams is in her ninth final at Flushing Meadows and 36th at all Grand Slam tournaments.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by JASON SZENES/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9859107fx) Novak Djokovic of the Serbia reacts after defeating John Millman of Australia during their quarter-final match on the tenth day of the US Open Tennis Championships the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 05 September 2018. The US Open runs from 27 August through 09 September. USA TENNIS US OPEN 2018, New York - 05 Sep 2018

Tennis | US Open

Novak Djokovic did what Roger Federer could not: beat No. 55 John Millman

No. 6 seed Djokovic reached men’s semifinals at US Open with straight-set victory over unseeded Australian, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball during the men's singles quarter-final match against Dominic Thiem of Austria on Day Nine of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 4, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

US Open

Rafael Nadal needs five sets, nearly five hours to outlast Dominic Thiem

The US Open quarterfinal match, which ended after 2 a.m., was a rematch of the French Open final, won by Nadal in June.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9858703s) Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia reacts as he plays Sloane Stephens of the US during the ninth day of the US Open Tennis Championships the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 04 September 2018. The US Open runs from 27 August through 09 September. USA TENNIS US OPEN 2018, New York - 04 Sep 2018

US OPEN

Defending champ Sloane Stephens falls in quarterfinals

Anastasija Sevastova advanced to face Serena Williams in her first Grand Slam semifinal.

Roger Federer had his hands full in four-set loss to John Millman of Australia in fourth round of US Open.

Tennis | US Open

No. 2 seed Roger Federer eliminated in fourth round at US Open

John Millman scored a huge upset, beating Federer in four sets.

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, puts an ice towel around his head during a changeover against Joao Sousa, of Portugal, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

US OPEN

Novak Djokovic sweats out a fourth-round win, but only because of the heat

The searing weather was a bigger problem for Djokovic than his overmatched opponent.

Serena Williams reacts after a point against Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Tennis | US Open

Serena Williams has a scream reaching quarterfinals

Williams cranked up decibel level against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in match that started as a rout but became a riveting 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 win.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning his men's singles third round match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia on Day Six of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Tennis | US Open

No. 2 Roger Federer stirs racket in win over Nick Kyrgios

No. 4 Angelique Kerber, the reigning Wimbledon champion, was ousted in US Open women’s draw.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

us open

Serena cruises past ‘best friend’ Venus in third-round match at the US Open

It was the 30th tour-level meeting between the Williams sisters.

Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, reacts against Lesla Tsurenko, of Ukraine, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

US OPEN

No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki upset at US Open; Official under fire for talk with Nick Kyrgios

The top two women’s seeds are gone, and a chair umpire draws heavy criticism for climbing down to talk to a lackadaisical Kyrgios.

Serena Williams hit a return to Carina Witthoeft.

Serena Williams played in a tutu at the US Open — and won

Just days after a French tennis official said her black catsuit with clot-preventing compression tights ‘‘will no longer be accepted,’’ Serena Williams wore tutus at the US Open.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Venus Williams of the United States returns the ball during her women's singles second round match against Camila Giorgi of Italy on Day Three of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

US OPEN

Williams sisters to square off in third-round showdown

Venus and Serena advanced with straight-set victories to set up their earliest meeting at a major tournament in 20 years.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark towels off during a break against Samantha Stosur of Australia during their Day 2 2018 US Open Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 28, 2018. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

US OPEN

Heat takes its toll on a scorching day at US Open

Four players had to retire from matches on a day when the heat index rose above 100 degrees.

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Simona Halep of Romania reacts in her women's singles first round match against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

US OPEN

Top seed Simona Halep takes historic loss in first round of US Open

Halep lost to Kaia Kanepi, becoming the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose in the first round in the professional era.

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, Roger Federer, of Switzerland, makes a return against Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, in a fourth-round match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. When Federer won five straight U.S. Opens, he used to arrive in New York knowing he had all the answers. It’s been 10 years since the last one, but at 37 Federer believes he’ll be sharp enough to navigate a difficult draw and compete for another championship when main-draw play at the year’s final Grand Slam tournament begins Monday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

US Open Tennis

Roger Federer seeks to end US Open drought

After winning five in a row, No. 2 seed hasn’t won it all since 2009.

The body-hugging design Serena Williams rocked as she competed in the French Open in May is not going to be allowed at that tournament in the future.

COMMENTARY

With or without the catsuit, Serena Williams is going to serve black excellence

From dress codes to doping tests, the tennis world keeps trying to hold Serena Williams back. But the queen knows how to hold court.

Serena Williams delivered a serve on day seven of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open in June.

Serena Williams can no longer wear her sleek jumpsuit at the French Open

The tournament that Williams has won three times is introducing a dress code to regulate players’ uniforms because “sometimes we’ve gone too far,” an official said.

MASON, OH - AUGUST 14: Serena Williams serves to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 14, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Serena Williams seeded 17 at US Open, nine spots above ranking

This means Williams avoids a possible matchup against one of the top eight players in the third round.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ANDRE PICHETTE/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9788246av) Simona Halep of Romania in action against Sloane Stephens of the US during the final of the Rogers Cup Women's tennis tournament in Montreal, Canada, 12 August 2018. Rogers Cup Tennis - Women in Montreal, Canada - 12 Aug 2018

Sports log

Simona Halep wins Rogers Cup, beating Sloane Stephens

In a rematch of Halep’s French Open final victory, she overcame Stephens in the match that had 15 service breaks

Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, celebrates on his way to defeating Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, at the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Sports Log

Stefanos Tsitsipas upsets Novak Djokovic in Toronto

The Greek 19-year-old defeated the Wimbledon champion 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 on Thursday in the Rogers Cup.

Serena Williams, of the United States, waits to walk onto the court before the match against Johanna Konta, from Britain, during the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Williams lost 6-1, 6-0. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Serena Williams: ‘I felt like I was not a good mom’

The 36-year-old tennis star admits struggling with postpartum depression.

Serena Williams of the United States is dejected after losing a point to Germany's Angelique Kerber during their women's singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Saturday July 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Tennis

Serena Williams complains about frequency of her anti-doping tests

The 23-time Grand Slam champion went on Twitter and vented about being “randomly” drug tested, claiming discrimination.

Serena Williams of the US waves to the crowd after being defeated by Angelique Kerber of Germany in the women's singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Saturday July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

SPORTS LOG

Serena Williams gets wild-card entry into Montreal’s Rogers Cup

Her ranking jumped from No. 181 to No. 28 after a runner-up finish at Wimbledon.

Steve Johnson captures Hall of Fame tennis title

Johnson won his fourth career ATP championship and second for this season on the grass in Newport, R.I.

International Tennis Hall of Fame inductees Helena Sukova (left) and Michael Stich.

Sports Log

Michael Stich, Helena Sukova inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame

They were enshrined Saturday during a ceremony on Newport’s grass center court outside the hall.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO COMMERCIAL SALES Mandatory Credit: Photo by NEIL HALL/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9762147gb) Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the men's singles final of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 15 July 2018. Wimbledon Championships, United Kingdom - 15 Jul 2018

Novak Djokovic beats Kevin Anderson to win his fourth Wimbledon title

It is Djokovic’s 13th major trophy, the fourth-highest total in the history of men’s tennis.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Kevin Anderson of South Africa celebrates his victory over John Isner of The United States after their Men's Singles semi-final match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Wimbledon

Kevin Anderson outlasts John Isner in second-longest match in Wimbledon history

The second semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal was postponed by curfew and resumed Saturday, before the women’s final.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Angelique Kerber of Germany (R) embraces Serena Williams of The United States after the Ladies' Singles final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Angelique Kerber outplays Serena Williams, wins her first Wimbledon title

Kerber defeated Williams in straight sets.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO COMMERCIAL SALES Mandatory Credit: Photo by NIC BOTHMA/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9761611cb) Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns to Rafael Nadal of Spain in their semi final match during the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 14 July 2018. Wimbledon Championships, United Kingdom - 14 Jul 2018

Novak Djokovic outlasts Rafael Nadal in five sets to reach fifth Wimbledon final

Djokovic sent the strongest signal yet that he is back at full strength, beating Nadal, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8.

FILE - At left, in an Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, former NBA star and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan, smiles at reporters in Chicago. At right, in a March 5, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James smiles in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, in Cleveland. With 10 points on Friday night, March 30, 2018, James will pass Jordan’s NBA record by scoring in double digits in 867 consecutive games, a remarkable streak of consistency and durability that may stand as one of the Cleveland star’s greatest accomplishments. (AP Photo/File)

TARA SULLIVAN

Some head-to-head dream matchups we wish we could see

If we could cross generations and suspend time, what athletes would we bring together at their peak?

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Germany's Julia Gorges in their women's singles semifinals match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Thursday July 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

WIMBLEDON

Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon final

The seven-time champion will face Angelique Kerber on Saturday for the title.

Switzerland's Roger Federer prepares to leave the court after losing his men's quarterfinals match against Kevin Anderson of South Africa, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Wednesday July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

WIMBLEDON

Roger Federer eliminated at Wimbledon

Kevin Anderson of South Africa won their quarterfinal match, which took 4 hours and 14 minutes.

US player Serena Williams celebrates after winning against Italy's Camila Giorgi during their women's singles quarter-final match on the eighth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2018. Williams won the match 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USEDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

WIMBLEDON

Serena Williams storms back to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Williams moved closer to her eighth title at the All England Club by beating 52nd-ranked Camila Giorgi, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.