Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Tennis Umpires Mulling Boycott Of Serena Williams Matches

Tennis Umpires Mulling Boycott Of Serena Williams Matches

London based newspaper, The Times reports that umpires have vowed to band together against Serena Williams for taking Carlos Ramos to task during the US Open finals after he accused the tennis phenom of cheating.

"Umpires are just upset", he said.

They're not pleased with Williams or what they see as a lack of support from the tennis world for chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who was on the receiving end of a heated outburst from the 23-time Grand Slam champion. "So I was really happy that she said that".

"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she said in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday.

In the wake of the incidents, The Guardian reports umpires feel Ramos was "hung out to dry for almost 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials". "I don't think [Serena] looked at me, so that's why she didn't think I was (coaching)", he told ESPN.

However, one senior figure told The Guardian that privately, there was widespread concern about how the USTA and WTA had rushed to support Williams - which had led to vitriol and abuse on social media for Ramos.

"At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".

"While I was playing the U.S. Open and Kei (Nishikori) was doing well".

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Billie Jean King and Serena Williams in 2014.

Reflecting on her incredible victory, Osaka said she always believed she had a chance to beat Williams.

"Yesterday brought to the forefront the question of whether different standards are applied to men and women in the officiating of matches", Simon said on Sunday. Another moment that emphasized that, even after climbing to the upper echelon of her sport, appearing on talk shows and being the focus of TV specials, she's still the same awkward yet delightful young woman.

Ramos spoke very briefly about the US Open women's final to Tribuna Expresso in his native Portugal.

Ramos was unable to defend himself over the weekend as the rules prevent umpires from commenting on the matches they oversee.

"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist". "Don't you worry about me!"

Meanwhile, tennis umpires are also considering forming a union as they feel no one is standing up for them.

But Ings, who maintains strong contacts among active officials, said any organized action is unlikely.

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