Why umpires are 'fearful' after Serena Williams meltdown

Tyler Owen
September 14, 2018

A much more sinister plotline came from Serena's controversial penalization at Saturday's women's final against Naomi Osaka, with the 23-time Grand Slam victor accusing chair umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism.

In The Times report, one anonymous official told the outlet about umpires building solidarity with each other against Williams, as they believe the United States Tennis Association sold out Ramos by not defending him against Williams' claims of sexism and insults during the match. Navratilova said, "It wasn't the right time to bring it up", and that she would have expected to face similar penalties for acting as Williams did.

In addition to her extraordinary tennis skills as displayed in her dominant performance against Williams in her first Grand Slam win, the Japanese-born athlete with a Haitian father is now also being recognized for her broad global endorsement appeal.

A furious Williams called Ramos a "liar" and a "thief" and accused the umpire of being "sexist", citing men were given more room to vent than women on the court.

Williams was given three code violations by Portuguese official Carlos Ramos in her straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan on Saturday, with the American and critics arguing she wasn't treated the same as some male players.

"This week has been a dream come to life, and I'm so honored to represent Japan and Nissan on the world stage", Osaka said.

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"He did what he had to do in that match, because she overstepped the limit. I just never knew when".

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

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

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

They're not pleased with Williams or what they see as a lack of support from the tennis world for chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who was on the receiving end of a heated outburst from the 23-time Grand Slam champion. "Do not worry about me!"

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", retired umpire Richard Ings told ESPN. "They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls". Even the International Tennis Federation (ITF), which stood by the judges, waited 48 hours before announcing a position.

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