Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

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

Umpires reportedly considering Boycott of Serena Williams Matches | BellaNaija Serena Williams
| 14 September, 2018, 14:59

It comes after a source told The Times some umpires are considering refusing to officiate matches involving Williams in the wake of her attack on Ramos.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) also supported Williams' claims, while Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA and victor of 12 grand slam singles titles, told CNN Tuesday that though Williams was "out of line", Ramos had aggravated the situation. "I think a lot of it maybe got over-amplified because it was the finals of the US Open".

Serena Williams has been lashed for her US Open final meltdown by world number 25 Barbora Strycova who rubbished the American's "sexist" claims against chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

Despite being in tears on Saturday while receiving the trophy inside the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY - after Williams' outburst at umpire Carlos Ramos, calling him a "liar" and a "thief" - Osaka said she holds no ill-feelings about what happened.

Osaka made headlines this week for her part in the Serena Williams controversy that threatened to overshadow Japan's first Grand Slam singles victory. "The fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and wants to express themselves and wants to be strong woman". "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".


Naomi Osaka, who won the 2018 US Open title over the weekend, says a home video has come back to "haunt" her.

Tennis umpires are reportedly threatening to boycott Serena Williams' matches over the fallout from her US Open finals altercation with Carlos Ramos. "So, I was really happy that she said that", Osaka told Ellen DeGeneres."At the time I did think they were booing at me".

The chair umpire at the centre of the saga has spoken publicly for the first time since the match, saying he is "fine". Retired umpire Richard Ings confirmed to ESPN that umpires feel that Ramos is being vilified.

Speaking to Tribuna Expresso earlier this week in his native country, Ramos indicated he was at peace with his decisions because he didn't pick and choose when to apply the rule book.

"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist". "Don't you worry about me!" Even the International Tennis Federation (ITF), which stood by the judges, waited 48 hours before announcing a position.

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