This is a very balanced and well thought out article and you are correct that we will never know exactly what was going on in the mind and heart of Ramos. But from what I’ve been reading and hearing from people inside the sport, as well as out, tennis has long had an issue with sexism and it is alive and well. This country also has a well documented issue with women and anger, particularly women of color. It’s unseemly for any woman but completely unacceptable from women of color.

Of course it’s possible that this was not a factor in the incident — but I think that given the oft discussed level of overt sexism in tennis and the well established unacceptability of angry black women, Occam’s Razor actually supports to unconscious bias on his part.

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