Tennis umpires consider forming union, boycotting over Serena Williams drama

12 September, 2018, 22:13 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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Serena Williams of the United States argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her Women's Singles finals match against Naomi Osaka of Japan on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018.

On Monday, the International Tennis Federation said Ramos acted "at all times with professionalism and integrity", a statement welcomed by Ings, who was a professional chair umpire from 1986 to 1993.

The U.S. team includes Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Mike Bryan and rookie Frances Tiafoe.

The incident has gobbled headlines all week, with some, such as Billie Jean King and USTA head Katrina Adams, saying tennis has a double standard in which men are not similarly punished for outbursts and others, such as Martina Navratilova and Mary Carillo, defending tennis's rules. She later was fined $17,000 ($10,000 for verbal abuse, $4,000 for the coaching violation and $3,000 for racket abuse).

Speaking to Tribuna Expresso Ramos said: "I'm fine, given the circumstances. And I think for Ramos, he was a little defensive at that point, and was fed up as opposed to saying, 'OK, let's get back to business'".

The WTA later called for equal treatment of all tennis players and coaching to be allowed across the sport.

Williams accused Ramos of sexism after the match and pointed out that male players have been more aggressive verbally with umpires than she was, but had been not been penalized the same way.

'When he saw the coach making gestures, he issued a warning - but Serena Williams took it personally and everything went out of control.


"At the end of the day I hope everybody understands that and celebrates Naomi because she is the US Open champion, that is pretty dope".

Meanwhile, tennis officials threatened to boycott Williams's future matches.

"They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos".

"I think she's got that power in the game, she's been a dominant force for so long and she's done so many brilliant, brilliant things on a tennis court".

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

In a piece published today, Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said yesterday's cartoon "had nothing to do with gender or race", and simply depicted an exaggerated version of the 23-time Grand Slam champion reacting to the controversial code violations doled out during her loss to Naomi Osaka.

"The big issue for umpires everywhere is the importance of the support of governing bodies when umpires are just out there doing their job and making decisions under rules which are given to them by those very governing bodies". I wish all the best to her because she's so nice.

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