Tennis Umpires Mulling Boycott Of Serena Williams Matches

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2018

It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses.

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.

The deal further raises the profile of the 20-year-old Osaka, who shot to global fame when she defeated American Serena Williams on Saturday to become the first Japanese player to claim a Grand Slam singles crown.

American Serena Williams and Japan's Naomi Osaka were competing in the championship.

"Ramos is tough, one of the best umpires in the world".

She said: "I think for this year my immediate goal would be to get to Singapore".

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he told the publication.

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.

"I'm so proud of her", said Hiromi Shibata, a 32-year-old Tokyo resident and tennis fan. Williams was later given a violation for smashing her racket, costing her a point.

As the International Tennis Federation and Ramos' fellow umpires leapt to his defence, citing the $17,000 in fines that officials levied against Williams as proof of his competency, Simon joined tennis icon Billie Jean King in applauding Williams for bringing officiating hypocrisy to light.

"Serena Williams decides she's gonna blame sexism for the way she was treated and then the media applauds her?"

Strycova stands as one of the first players on the circuit to publicly criticise Williams for her behaviour at flushing meadows, and the Czech also threw her support behind Ramos who she believes acted out of necessity.

Many people, looking at Serena Williams's actions during the US Open women's final last week, remembered of John McEnroe who often argued with umpires during his career.

"I think that's a bit far-fetched", the Briton, who is the older brother of former world number one Andy Murray, told BBC Sport.

But Ramos has finally broken his silence regarding the backlash, speaking to Portugal's Tribuna Expresso. Ramos, meanwhile, was paid £370 ($480) as a "standard daily rate" for umpiring, The Times says. "It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist".

"Don't you worry about me!" he added.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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