Umpires Reportedly Considering Boycott Of Future Serena Williams Matches

Dean Simpson
September 13, 2018

Serena Williams talks with chair umpire Carlos Ramos during a match against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in NY.

Naomi Osaka of Japan attends a news conference upon her arrival in Japan, after winning the women's singles finals tennis match at the 2018 U.S. Open, in Yokohama September 13, 2018.

Chair umpires took centre stage at Flushing Meadows this year, more than at any other tournament in recent memory, and culminated with Serena Williams being reduced to tears at her treatment in the women's final.

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", Carlos Ramos told Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso.

"There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials", an anonymous senior umpire told the Guardian. "At the time, I did. think that they were booing at me".


The Women's Tennis Association made a similar argument, claiming that men and women professional tennis players are treated differently by umpires. She called Ramos a "liar" and a "thief" and later accused him of sexism.

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". The WTA validated Williams' complaint that the penalties were sexist and would not have been initiated if Williams were a man. USTA President Katrina Adams said there was "no equality". He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), "A Champion's Mind".

King criticised Serena's lack of sportsmanship, but also said that Ramos was to blame for inflaming the situation.

Williams on the other hand said she will continue to fight against sexism and the double-standards that favors male, mostly white players.

"It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", added the 47-year-old seasoned umpire.


Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso reported that Ramos had avoided walking the streets of NY on Sunday to avoid any "complicated situations". "They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls".

He has been assigned to officiate the Davis Cup semifinal matches between the United States and host Croatia later this week.

One user tweeted, "I love you Amul".

Retired umpire Richard Ings confirmed to ESPN that umpires feel that Ramos is being vilified.


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