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Serena Williams does not understand why her coach admitted giving her instructions from the sidelines during her controversial US Open women’s final.

Speaking about her outburst earlier this month, Williams maintained in an interview on Network Ten that she was not being coached during the match, which she lost to Japan’s Naomi Osaka.

“I just don’t understand what [coach Patrick Mouratoglou] was talking about because I asked him, you weren’t coaching, we don’t have signals, we’ve never had signals and he said he made a motion,” she told the Sunday Project.

Williams did not answer a question about whether she regretted the decision to break her racket on the court, with footage showing her publicist stepping in during the interview.

The six-time US Open champion, who was chasing a record-equalling 24th grand slam title, was handed a coaching violation and a point penalty for breaking her racquet before a heated argument with umpire Carlos Ramos ended with her losing a game.

The tournament referee’s office fined the former world No1 US$10,000 for the “verbal abuse” of Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for smashing her racket.

Williams said she wanted to move on from the controversy.

“What I’m just trying to do most of all is to just recover from that,” she told the Sunday Project.

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Serena Williams supports Nike’s decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of its “Just Do It” 30th-anniversary campaign.

Williams, who is endorsed by Nike, shared her thoughts on the campaign Tuesday after defeating Karolina Pliskova in straight sets to advance to the US Open semifinals.

“Having a huge company back him, could be a controversial reason for this company, but they’re not afraid and I feel like that was a really powerful statement to a lot of, a lot of other companies,” Williams said, according to Adam Reed of CNBC.com.

Williams also spoke about athletes’ roles in social activism.

“I don’t think athletes have a role to play,” she said. “I feel like … it’s their choice.”

Kaepernick and former San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid were in attendance for Williams’ victory over her sister, Venus Williams, in the third round of the US Open on Friday. Kaepernick tweeted a photo of Williams with his niece after the match.

Steve Kerr knows a thing or two about winners.

Kerr won five NBA titles as a player – three alongside Michael Jordan on the Chicago Bulls and two playing for legendary San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich – and has since captured three more championships as the head coach of the star-studded Golden State Warriors.

He’s also an avid tennis fan, so when Kerr is asked to draw parallels between tennis great Roger Federer and one of the legendary basketball players he’s had the chance to work with, you listen.

Beyond their personalities, Federer and Curry share another thing in common: the ability to collect hardware at an incredible rate. The 37-year-old Swiss maestro has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments in his storied career – including five US Open crowns; Curry has won three NBA titles, two MVP trophies, and has been named an All-Star in each of the past five seasons.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick shared an image via Twitter on Monday of a photo that will be used as one of the the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” campaign.

Kaepernick joins Serena Williams, Odell Beckham Jr., and LeBron James among others in the groundbreaking series. Nike retweeted the photo Kaepernick posted on Twitter, tacitly endorsing his protests against social inequality and police brutality.

“We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward,” Gino Fisanotti, Nike’s vice president of brand for North America, said to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

The former 49ers quarterback received widespread praise for his involvement in the campaign with many praising Nike for prominently featuring him in the series. Not everyone is enthused, however, with some tweeting that they’d no longer purchase Nike products as a result.

Kaepernick remains locked in a collusion case against the NFL. An arbitrator ruled last week that the case won’t be denied, as per the league’s request.

Serena Williams said every athlete ”should be completely grateful and honored” for the protests started by former NFL players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid.

Kaepernick and Reid, two former San Francisco 49ers now out of the league, were each given huge ovations when they were introduced and shown on the big screen during the match between Serena and Venus Williams at the U.S. Open on Friday night. Serena Williams said she was focused on the match and did not notice the pair in the stands. Reid raised his fist and Kaepernick smiled for the fans.

Kaepernick tweeted a photo of his young niece with Serena and wrote, ”Lani lost it when Serena surprised her after the match!!! Thank you so much Serena !!!”

Serena said she was grateful for the stand they took that has seen both players take on the NFL. An arbitrator is sending Kaepernick’s grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league’s request to throw out the quarterback’s claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. A similar grievance is still pending by unsigned safety Eric Reid, who played with Kaepernick in San Francisco and joined in the protests.

Kaepernick began a wave of protests by NFL players two seasons ago, kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. The protests have grown into one of the most polarizing issues in sports, with President Donald Trump loudly urging the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem.

”I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored how Colin and Eric are doing so much more for the greater good, so to say,” Serena said. ”They really use their platform in ways that is really unfathomable. I feel like they obviously have great respect from a lot of their peers, especially other athletes, people that really are looking for social change.”

Serena Williams equaled her most-lopsided victory ever in 30 professional meetings with sister Venus, beating her 6-1, 6-2 in the third round.