Published: Wed, September 12, 2018

'Disturbed' umpires revolting after Serena Williams feud

'Disturbed' umpires revolting after Serena Williams feud

Williams was thwarted in her bid for a record-tying 24th Slam singles crown in losing to Japan's Naomi Osaka.

"Whether he is umpiring a men's match or a women's match, I think he treats [the players] as individuals equally". After three code violations and a 6-2, 6-4 loss, Williams walked away with the finalist trophy and $17,000 in fines but also with her head held high. "She was definitely playing better than Serena from the get-go, so this is hers and hers 100% no matter what was happening with the chaos". "She's passionate. She was speaking out and I think for Ramos, he was a little defensive at that point, and was fed up as opposed to saying, 'Okay, let's get back to business, '" Adams said.

Yet Richard Ings, a former professional chair umpire who also used to be the ATP Tour Executive Vice-President, Rules and Competition, felt it was Williams who needed to apologise. But Naomi deserved to win.

If the contract goes through, this would be the biggest deal the sportswear giant has ever given to a female tennis player and it could propel Osaka up the ranks on Forbes' 2018 list of highest paid female athletes, which Williams now leads.

Williams was cited by Ramos for getting coaching signals; for breaking her racket, which automatically cost her a point because it was her second code violation of the match; and for calling Ramos a "thief," which cost her a game because it was her third code violation. "But I'm going to continue to fight for women".

"Umpires keep asking: 'What if it was me in that chair on Saturday?' There is a widespread feeling that Carlos was hung out to dry for almost 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials".

There are now discussions about boycotting Williams' matches between a group of umpires that lack a body to represent their interests.

'It's a boring situation, but "à la carte" judging does not exist'.

"I would say a championship match in terms of high-level talent on the court between those two ladies ... obviously Naomi deserved to win and she played unbelievable", Curry told Omnisport. "Do not worry about me". reached out to the ITF about Ramos' interview, asking if he would be punished or fined, and a rep for the agency said that they were not in a position to comment on the matter but someone would be in contact.

For the first time since the match, Ramos has spoken up, telling Tribuna Expresso in his native Portugal that "I'm fine, given the circumstances".

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

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