Tennis Umpires reportedly considering Boycott of Serena Williams Matches

Tennis Umpires Are Reportedly Considering Boycott of Serena Williams Matches After US Open Incident

If it was wrong, it should prompt a discussion about what needs to be changed in either the rules or the interpretation of the rules to reduce officiating errors. Osaka, who became the first-ever Japanese-born Grand Slam victor, said she was crying when she heard the boos, because she thought they were aimed at her. After a few points didn't go her way, Williams broke her racket in frustration, which was deemed to be a second infraction by Ramos, costing her a point.

It has been suggested the umpire penalised Serena not for her misdemeanour in the court, but because he could not take such kind of dress-down from a woman. One of the most spoken about athletes in the world at the moment, Osaka recently lifted her first Grand Slam at the US Open when she defeated Serena Williams in straight sets.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA), however, supported Williams' accusations that Ramos' actions were based in sexism.

Women's governing body the WTA supported Williams and chief executive Steve Simon said the umpire showed her a different level of tolerance over her outbursts than if she had been a man.

Serena Williams was one of many speakers at the Shop.Org conference in Las Vegas on Friday. "But in my mind, I really wanted to know what was going on".

Serena Williams produced an epic meltdown in her argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

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"I'm just focusing on this tie and working again".

"I am good, under the circumstances", Ramos told Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.

She also called Ramos a "thief" for taking a point from her.

Soon after, Williams lost her cool in a way worthy of famous tennis hothead John McEnroe.

The International Tennis Federation stood by Ramos in a statement, saying, "Mr Ramos's decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Ms. Williams for the three offences". When I covered the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 2011 - a year female players were admonished for grunting too loudly - the towering Argentine Juan Martin del Potro grew frustrated during one match, took off his shoe, and hurled it out of the court.

"It's not something that I have to think about". Most of those criticisms - largely made by men - were valid, but they chose to ignore Williams' experience as a black woman.

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