Women's Tennis Association calls for equal treatment of players, on-court coaching

Danny Woods
September 12, 2018

Many officials were also left angry with the fact that the International Tennis Federation (ITF) took almost 48 hours to defend Ramos, on Monday (Sept 10) afternoon, by which time the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) had supported Williams' claims of sexism after she was given a game penalty for her behaviour during her defeat by Naomi Osaka.

"I am good, under the circumstances", Ramos was quoted as saying in Portugal's Tribuna Expresso. But he said the controversy, along with others that occurred during the tournament, "opens an opportunity to bring greater clarity and hold a conversation with officials about how things could have been better handled in terms of our policies".

"It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist".

The International Tennis Federation, however, issued its own statement supporting Ramos, who is a contracted gold badge umpire with the organization. "I think that's probably the context of the conversation".

Tennis umpires are unhappy about USTA and WTA criticism of fellow umpire Carlos Ramos, according to the Times, with some even talking about a potential boycott of Serena Williams' matches. Williams was fined a total of $17,000 for the violations. "Because I am a woman you are going to take this away from me?"

Ramos, who was not part of the trophy ceremony following the decider at Flushing Meadows, will return to the umpire's chair for the Davis Cup clash between Croatia and the United States.

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Williams was issued a code violation for what umpire Carlos Ramos deemed to be coaching from Patrick Mouratoglou, irritating the 23-time major champion who insisted she was not a cheat.

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.

Simon also called for coaching to be allowed during grand slam matches. There have been many times when I was playing that I wanted to break my racket into a thousand pieces.

King's remarks to CNN were something of a walk back of her earlier comments when she said in a Washington Post editorial that Williams had faced down sexism with her protests.

Although the tennis star admitted there was a double standard between male and female players, she claims it is not an excuse for bad behavior.

One Twitter user wrote: "The fact Mark Knight is doubling down on his racist cartoon just goes to show how much black women have to fight for our right to be human".

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