However, no one should be beyond reproach, and Williams's actions this past weekend fell short of the expectations we should have of leaders.
Mouratoglou admitted to coaching Williams from the stands but claimed that everyone does it.
Smith explains why he thinks Serena Williams was in the wrong during Saturday's controversial loss to Naomi Osaka in the US Open final. Since she had already received a warning, this was her second offense and she lost a point.
To the backdrop of all of this, The Telegraph have published an analysis of fines from all Grand Slam events since 1998, in order to ascertain whether female payers are treated more harshly than their male counterparts. "Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules...."
Williams' antics during her heated exchange with Ramos have since become the biggest controversy in the sporting world for the past week, with tennis greats speaking out both to condemn and support Williams' explanations for her behavior.
Strycova hinted she found it unusual the WTA Tour and USTA both released statements supporting Williams. Strycova asked. "I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing". She and her sister, Venus were called The Williams Brothers due to their male-like physiques and prowess on the court.
We nearly never make good choices when we act in haste and anger. Viewers could not have guessed that she won by looking at her crestfallen, teary-eyed expression throughout the immediate aftermath of the match. Even though she spends a lot of her time away from Japan, Osaka is proud of her mixed-race heritage and representing her country through tennis.
Others may be conditioned to look for mid-match support by the on-court coaching rule used at Women's Tennis Association tournaments, which allows a coach to visit his or her player at one changeover per set. The U.S. Tennis Association has hung Ramos out to dry, prompting an angry backlash from other referees who are threatening to form a union. The USTA's party line has been that punishing Williams was exclusively his decision to make, and those decisions can not be overruled.
But lately - as shown by a recent spate of worldwide sporting squabbles, from Nike's Colin Kaepernick ad to the Serena Williams saga - this ideal of apolitical sport has slowly revealed itself to be a luxury of a select few, a privilege only afforded to those who have benefited from the rules set by society - and sport's - increasingly outdated institutions.