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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

The husband of Serena Williams broke his silence on the controversial cartoon of the American tennis champion published by the Australian newspaper Herald Sun.

Alexis Ohanian Sr called the caricature of his wife "racist and misogynist" through a Tweet on Friday.

But instead of directing his critique of the cartoon to cartoonist Mark Knight, Ohanian highlighted the 'editor'. of the newspaper, who publicly defended its publication.

"I am really puzzled to learn that this editor of the Australian newspaper behind my wife's blatantly racist and misogynist caricature is a 'Male Champion of Change' … Is this also supposed to be a satire?"

Ohanian also alerts Australia's sexual discrimination commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, to the tweet by tagging her Twitter handle.

Knight drew a caricature of Williams throwing a tantrum, which was printed in the Herald Sun, after his loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka in the women's final at the US Open in New York last weekend.

The illustrator said it was triggered by her "bad behavior" shown during the match.

Williams, who was competing to equal the record of 24 Grand Slam titles of the Australian Margaret Court, lost in straight sets after a heated confrontation with the chairman Carlos Ramos for violations of the code that resulted in his penalty for a game.

But critics, particularly online, labeled racist cartoons because they represented Williams with big, fat lips and masculine features.

Both Knight and Herald Sun's editor, Damon Johnston, denied that the image was racist and, defiantly, the Herald Sun reprinted the controversial front-page caricature along with other cartoons of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong- a.

"If the self-proclaimed censors of Mark Knight get away with it in his cartoon of Serena Williams, our new politically correct life will be very boring," the newspaper wrote in an editorial on its cover.

Herald Sun editor Johnston also defended the cartoon on Twitter.

"He rightly mocks the bad behavior of a tennis legend," Johnston tweeted.

SBS News contacted the Herald Sun, a News Corp newspaper, for a response to Ohanian's comments.

Williams, 36, received a penalty after he lashed out at chair referee Carlos Ramos, calling him a "thief," after previous code violations to train and then destroy his racket.

She insisted that the male players had called the president's umpires much worse and that she was being treated differently because she is a woman.

Williams received a fine of $ 17,000 for the three infractions of his code during the final of the US Open against Osaka and again said that after the game the male players remained at a lower level for the conduct of the court.

"I'm here fighting for women's rights and women's equality," Williams said at a press conference after the game.

Serena Williams gestures to chair umpire Carlos Ramos while playing Naomi Osaka of Japan during the women's final.

AAP