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After Serena Williams tirade, tennis umps consider boycotting her matches

After Serena Williams tirade, tennis umps consider boycotting her matches

Chair umpires are considering a coordinated effort to boycott any game that Serena Williams plays in the future to protest her treatment of the line judge during her loss on Saturday to Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open, according to USA Today.

Naomi Osaka of Japan holds the U.S. Open trophy after beating Serena Williams of the United States of America in the women's final on day thirteen of the 2018 U.S. Open, Sept. 8, 2018.

When asked about the incident, however, Osaka insists: "I couldn't hear and I was looking away, [but] I heard a lot of people in the crowd making noises and I wanted to turn around but I didn't".

In response, umpires are reportedly threatening to boycott Williams' matches, as they feel that Ramos is being unfairly criticized for his conduct during the match, according to The Times of London.

"One suggestion being floated is to refuse any match assignments involving Williams until she apologises for vilifying Ramos and calling him a "liar" and a "thief".

"He needed to tell Serena he can't apologise, he did the right thing there, he's got to be the boss - but all he had to say to Serena is: 'I am not attacking your character'". "I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world's best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting", he said. It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses.

There is an uneasy feeling amid tennis umpires after the WTA and USTA took Serena Williams' side following her on-court feud with Ramos during Saturday's US Open final.

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Afterwards, Williams suggested that Ramos and other umpires are tolerant of worse criticism from male players.

"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board", Adams continued.

But the International Tennis Federation defended Ramos and said in a statement that his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules" and that he "acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".

Her comments mark a change of heart after King initially backed the 23-time grand clam champion, tweeting after the final: "When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalised for it".

"The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race".

Ramos, who is from Portugal, spoke briefly to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso this week. It's a delicate situation, but "à la carte" arbitration does not exist.


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