Ump at center of Serena Williams firestorms breaks silence

Ump at center of Serena Williams firestorms breaks silence

The game's top umpires are considering forming a union because they believe Carlos Ramos was "hung out to dry" by the authorities during and after the US Open women's final despite upholding the rules in sanctioning Serena Williams.

Count US Open men's champion Novak Djokovic among those who believe chair umpire Carlos Ramos went too far in issuing three rules violations against Serena Williams in the women's final.

Billie Jean King and Serena Williams in 2014. I wish all the best to her because she's so nice.

"So many people look up to Serena Wiliams, and she is an iconic figure". The 18-time Grand Slam victor said that "we can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with", adding, "In fact, this is the sort of behaviour that no one should be engaging in on the court".

"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".

According to McEnroe, Ramos should not have given Williams a violation for breaking her racquet and should have warned her early on about what would happen if she did not move on. But in other matches, she has been able to turn it around.

"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalised for it". She has had words on court before but this time it went way beyond anything I have seen for a long time.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) were among those to back Williams in the aftermath of her outburst. "'I'm not attacking your character, ' is the most important thing he could have said", King told CNN.

Even for players wary of wading into the sexism debate, the idea that the umpire would take center stage rankled. "I think there has to be some consistency across the board", Adams told ESPN.

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"You're stressing me out", Osaka quipped, somewhat sheepishly.

Yet Australian Margaret Court, whose tally of Grand Slam singles titles is being chased by Williams, had little sympathy for the 36-year-old American former world number one.

"She worked so hard for it her whole life".

Currently, tennis judges are independent contractors and current contracts prevent them from speaking publicly about players and matches.

The report also cited an anonymous source who said officials were considering a boycott of future matches involving Williams.

"A lot of players are happy for her. Let's not forget the type of tennis she played that night".

Williams was in tears as she suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Osaka, whose maiden grand slam triumph was overshadowed by her opponent's argument with the official.

But a retired judge has spoken more to the situation.

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