Tennis Umpires Mulling Boycott Of Serena Williams Matches

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2018

In the wake of Osaka's first Grand Slam triumph, there were messages of support for Williams as well as those condemning her behaviour and agreeing with the umpire's calls.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", his statement said.

Ramos will umpire Croatia v United States of America in the Davis Cup this weekend and ahead of that tie, U.S. men's captain Jim Courier told the Associated Press news agency: "It's been polarized and in some ways politicised".

It's a conversation that has been raging ever since the incident, which occurred in the second set of Naomi Osaka's victory over Williams.

An anonymous source told The Times of London that umpires are considering a boycott of matches involving Williams.

There's certainly a lot to be said about the controversy surrounding Serena Williams' penalties during her U.S. Open final against Naomi Osaka, but let's take a moment to focus on the victor for a moment.

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"I've said far worse", McEnroe, a seven-times Grand Slam singles victor, said on ESPN.

Despite collecting just $62,000 between June 2017 and June 2018 due to a break to have her daughter Olympia, Williams earned $18.1 million to be the world's top-earning female athlete thanks to a lucrative endorsement portfolio.

First she was warned after her coach Patrick Mouratoglou was seen communicating with her via a hand gesture and then she was docked a point after smashing her racket. For me, it blows my mind, but I'm going to continue to fight for women. "I couldn't hear and I was looking away, but I heard a lot of people in the crowd making noises, and I really wanted to turn around, but I didn't". The insider adds that umpires thought Ramos was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it".

While the umpiring community has the 47-year-old's back - and has even brought up the possibility of boycotting Williams' matches without an apology - the rest of the tennis world has been less eager to weigh in on a heated debate, as Ramos critics believe his treatment of Williams was sexist. "At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rulebook and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity". Asked to address the disparity in Williams' fines and Roger Federer's $1,500 fine for an expletive-laden outburst during the 2009 U.S. Open men's final, Adams said the fines are up to the discretion of the grand slam administrator, not the USTA.

"We watch the guys do this all the time, they're badgering the umpire on the changeovers".

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