Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Tennis umpires reportedly mulling boycotting Serena Williams matches after US Open flap

Serena Williams accused Carlos Ramos of sexism for the way he umpired the US Open final Serena Williams accused Carlos Ramos of sexism for the way he umpired the US Open final
Ivan Hill | 13 September, 2018, 06:41

After being handed a code violation for coaching earlier in the set, Williams told Ramos: "You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live".

The verbal abuse violation came after Williams took shots at him, calling him a "liar" and a "thief".

Williams struggled against her young counterpart, but was repeatedly penalized during the match, causing the tennis icon to lose her cool multiple times.

The criticisms of Ramos, the Times of London source said, prompted "a growing consensus that umpires were "not supported" by the USTA on several occasions, and that Ramos was 'thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it'".

Tennis umpires were disturbed by the incident between Serena Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos at the U.S. Open, and some are considering boycotting Williams' matches.

BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker expressed similar sentiments while saying, "I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and they haven't been given a violation".

He has also been on the chair for the women's singles finals at three of the four majors - the French Open in 2005, Wimbledon in 2008 and at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.

There were some unsavoury scenes on Arthur Ashe court after Serena Williams was docked a game
There were some unsavoury scenes on Arthur Ashe court after Serena Williams was docked a game

Though he agreed that "the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a grand slam final". The ITF said that Ramos had been "in accordance with the relevant rules " and "acted at all times with professionalism and integrity". It featured the American player stomping a racquet in frustration, while in the back the on-field umpire is seen asking Osaka, "Can you just let her win".

Williams' behaviour in the final has divided the fraternity.

"At the end of the day, I hope everybody understands and celebrates Naomi because she's the U.S. Open champion and that's pretty dope".

Ramos, however, could have prevented the affair had he communicated better and given Williams a "soft warning" instead of a code violation when he saw her coach Patrick Mouratoglou giving signals during the match, King said. "We are not. We are also speaking up".

"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me, I was really happy she said that", Osaka said.

Osaka, who was noticeably teary during the ceremony and at one point pulled her visor down over her eyes, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday and cleared up exactly what her idol said to her. "That is not right", she protested.

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