US Open outburst: Umpires to boycott Serena's matches

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2018

Fresh from pocketing a $3.8 million check from winning the US Open on Saturday, Osaka is now set to pen a clothing deal with the German sports manufacturing giant that could see her take on Williams, the woman she defeated to win the title, for her Forbes number one highest-paid female athlete ranking.

The Women's Tennis Association also backed Williams, with their CEO Steve Simon saying, "The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men versus women".

Ramos is deemed one of the more experienced umpires in the game with nearly 30 years of experience but for overseeing the Grand Slam final he received a fee of just £370 - a standard daily rate. Will rules change in Serena's matches? Williams was left baffled, furious, and in tears, by a decision she says was grounded in sexism.

Ramos told the Portuguese newspaper, Tribuna Expresso, "I'm fine, given the circumstances".

"Don't you worry about me!" he added. In comparison, I never saw Nadal shouting like that with an umpire.

A few games later, Williams received another warning, this time for smashing her racket, and that second violation automatically cost her a point, leading to more arguing.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Osaka revealed what Williams told her on stage that night.

During a changeover, Williams resumed her argument with the umpire, this time saying he was attacking her character and was a "thief".

The WTA and USTA appeared to support Williams after her outbursts in a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka. There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things, and because they are men, that doesn't happen to them. "But I'm going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal [treatment]".

According to the source, umpires are reportedly discussing the option of refusing match assignments that involve Williams until she apologises to Ramos for calling him a "liar" and "thief". "If it's like this, let me know".

The umpires are now allegedly putting forth a united front to stick it to a woman who is already being hammered online by white news outlets, including one that portrayed Williams' as a tantrum-throwing Sambo looking baby with oversized lips and grotesque facial features.

On Monday, the International Tennis Federation said Ramos acted "at all times with professionalism and integrity", a statement welcomed by Ings, who was a professional chair umpire from 1986 to 1993. "I think that's probably the context of the conversation".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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