Tennis Umpires Fear 'No One Has Their Back' After Serena Williams Controversy

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 14, 2018

Naomi Osaka holding her trophy after winning the women's singles finals tennis match at the 2018 US Open.

As Williams fell apart, Osaka showed maturity by staying cool to close out her maiden Grand Slam title.

Naomi Osaka fans weren't anxious about Serena Williams' complaint in the US Open final.

"Ramos is tough, one of the best umpires in the world", Strycova added.

"I don't understand from where he's coming with that statement", said Djokovic, suggesting this was the first he has heard of umpires failing to treat men and women equally. "The louder we play, the more we change the game", it says in its introduction of the new ad, which it says is about the power of female determination: "Get Loud". "I don't cheat to win - I'd rather lose", she said.

The 23-time grand slam champion vehemently denied that accusation and, after smashing her racket having been broken in the second set, was docked a point by Ramos.

The Guardian reports, similarly, that tennis' top umpires are considering forming a union in the wake of the Williams backlash, as they were disappointed that the Women's Tennis Association and the United States Tennis Association were quick to side with Williams, and that it took the International Tennis Federation almost two days to vocalize its support for Ramos.

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Strycova stands as one of the first players on the circuit to publicly criticise Williams for her behaviour at flushing meadows, and the Czech also threw her support behind Ramos who she believes acted out of necessity. While the top women players typically make less in endorsements than the top men, they draw more fans than men to the final, especially when Williams is in the match.

Williams was fined $17,000 for the rules violations, and the International Tennis Federation backed Ramos, saying his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules".

'Rather, I think the question we have to ask ourselves is this: What is the right way to behave to honour our sport and to respect our opponents?'

She said Williams" outburst "poisoned the atmosphere' for her opponent Naomi Osaka.

"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist".

Ramos has said that he is "fine, given the circumstances" days after the match, however.

Ramos has since spoken out about the backlash via Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.

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