By Sunday, a cartoon poking fun at Serena Williams and her tantrum was published by the Herald Sun, enraging celebrities and the public for what they have deemed a "racist" depiction of the tennis star.
Her opponent, who is Japanese with Haitian heritage, is pictured as white, blonde, and tiny in comparison to Williams.
For its Wednesday edition, the Herald Sun filled its front page with cartoons, including the contentious Williams image, along with likenesses of USA president Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.
"If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on his Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very tiresome indeed", the tagline adds.
Knight posted the cartoon on his Twitter account.
And the editor of The Herald, Damon Johnston, said: "The cartoon is not racist or sexist... it rightly mocks poor behaviour by a tennis legend". The Herald Sun and Knight deny the cartoon is racist. Williams was docked a game Saturday and went on to lose the championship to Japan's Naomi Osaka.
The Australian newspaper at the centre of a race row over a Serena Williams cartoon has dedicated its entire front page in support of the artist.
Williams launched into a tirade of abuse directed at umpire Carlos Ramos, calling the official a "liar" and a "thief", then later accusing him of sexism, after he penalized her for on-court infractions.
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"I think these days, I don't think you can, it's called punching down", he said. And what that means is you can't criticise minority groups for poor behaviour. The USTA praised Williams for her conduct after the match, whereas WTA CEO Steve Simon said that "there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women".
The last certainly has not been heard over US Open ladies final outburst as Umpires are considering boycotting Serena Williams' future games.
But critics, most notably online, labelled the cartoon racist because it depicted Williams with big fat lips and masculine features. Today it ran the cartoon again, this time on the front cover, along with depictions of more public figures, with commentary alongside each one about why "self-appointed censors" might not want to see them.