After Serena Williams tirade, tennis umps consider boycotting her matches

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Carlos Ramos has been praised for acting with "professionalism and integrity" by the International Tennis Federation after the umpire was labelled a liar and a thief by Serena Williams during the American star's US Open final meltdown. "She is going for her first Grand Slam title, grew up in NY, that was her moment", she added.

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he said.

The 20-year-old is getting more accustomed to her new fame but she's still the same shy, giggly girl you saw win Indian Wells for her first career title and then beat Serena Williams in NY on Saturday. But a controversy that erupted after Williams was accused of cheating (after her coach made a hand gesture that was interpreted as coaching), led to Osaka's historic win being laced with anti-Black racism. I hope the sport's administrators look closely at this and try and find a way to make official a coach's role during match play.

Strike 2, a point penalty, was a mandatory code violation for destroying her racquet after losing a service game. Tennis is the only sport that disallows this and there is absolutely no sense in this rule.

But Williams isn't the first player to take issue with Ramos's strict interpretation of the rules.

During a changeover, Williams resumed her argument with the umpire, this time saying he was attacking her character and was a "thief". Williams demanded to speak to the tournament referee after the final decision, but it was not overturned.

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Others came to Knight's defence, blaming a culture of political correctness for people being offended. But Knight has not yet responded to critiques that he's presented racist tropes in the cartoon.

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King said that moving forward, the game has to change, suggesting that coaching should be allowed and umpires need to communicate calls better.

But I think it's time to take a break, to see how my body feels for the future, and then be ready for the next one.' What is it like to stand on the floor and have 20,000 people singing "Ole, DelPo?"

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. "She's right about the guys being held to a different standard, there's no question".

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", retired Gold Badge umpire Richard Ings said, according to ESPN's Peter Bodo.

"We should not let her record, as glowing as it is, overshadow the fact that on this day, in this match Williams was wrong", Ings wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Ramos was unable to defend himself over the weekend as the rules prevent umpires from commenting on the matches they oversee. By insisting on docking a point and then a game he just blew the situation into a hugely combative one.

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