Umpires reportedly considering boycott of Serena Williams matches


Umpires reportedly considering boycott of Serena Williams matches

There could be more fallout on the way following Serena Williams' clash with a chair umpire in Saturday's U.S. Open women's final.

"There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials", the person told the Guardian.

Despite US players and captain Jim Courier declaring they have no issues with Ramos umpiring their matches, Adams can't be thrilled about facing Ramos so soon after siding with Williams in the wake of the US Open women's final.

"Did she have to behave differently only because she was Serena Williams?". Williams told Ramos. "You owe me an apology". Williams received warnings for receiving coaching and breaking a racket, before she was docked a game for calling Ramos a "thief".

"I don't understand from where he's coming with that statement", said Djokovic, suggesting this was the first he has heard of umpires failing to treat men and women equally. "You're a thief, too". That triggered a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty that gave Osaka a 5-3 lead.

Williams accused Ramos of sexism after the match and pointed out that male players have been more aggressive verbally with umpires than she was, but had been not been penalized the same way. Williams's penalties carry a combined total of $17,000 in fines. The 23-time Grand Slam victor was later fined $17,000 for her behavior.

Appearing on "The Ellen Show", the 20-year-old Grand Slam champion told host Ellen DeGeneres that Williams explained to her that the crowd's negative reaction to the situation was not aimed towards the Haitian- Japanese athlete.

'I've said far worse', McEnroe admitted.

Ramos called three rules violations against Williams during the event. Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight is being called a racist and sexist for his portrayal of Williams, showing her stomping on the court in the manner of a toddler in the throws of a temper tantrum.

As Osaka was crowned the victor of this year's tournament, in a dominant 6-2, 6-4 performance, Williams offered a few words to the young champion, as boos continued to pour down from the stands above.

And it turns out Osaka actually has a new reason to feel happy.

Knight is defending his work, saying, "I'm not a racist... I'm not going to say, 'Oh, I can't draw that because that's a no-go area.' What does that say about the way the world's going?"



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