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Tennis umpires reportedly mulling boycotting Serena Williams matches after US Open flap

14 September, 2018, 05:19 | Author: Candice Daniels
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The 36-year-old had already had a point penalty for smashing her racquet and a code violation for coaching when she was penalised further for calling Ramos a "thief" and a "liar" in NY. A Nissan North America spokeswoman confirmed in an email that the USA division does not now have plans to utilize her, adding that "the relationship is early and primarily a global one".

"At the end of the day, I hope everybody understands and celebrates Naomi because she's the U.S. Open champion and that's pretty dope".

Williams has split opinion around the world with her behaviour during the straight-sets defeat to Naomi Osaka. It isn't and, as a result, a player was penalized for the action of her coach.

Yet Australian Margaret Court, whose tally of Grand Slam singles titles is being chased by Williams, had little sympathy for the 36-year-old American former world number one. 'She's right about the guys being held to a different standard, there's no question.' The Australian 24-time Grand Slam victor Margaret Court said: 'We always had to go by the rules. He later admitted the offence, which is not allowed in the sport but is rarely punished.

She added: "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief.' For me, it blows my mind".

"Serena Williams decides she's gonna blame sexism for the way she was treated and then the media applauds her?" As for why she felt the need to apologize for winning, well, Osaka still isn't sure. Williams, clearly unhappy with the ruling, went on to berate Ramos for his judgment, repeatedly demanding that he apologize for branding her a cheater.

The verbal abuse violation came after Williams took shots at him, calling him a "liar" and a "thief".

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Afterwards, Williams suggested that Ramos and other umpires are tolerant of worse criticism from male players.

After Ramos had to be escorted off court, Williams used her post-match press conference to suggest that men avoid such punishment for similar on-court behaviour.

But Murray said of the sexism claims: "I think that's a bit far-fetched". "She's right about the guys being held to a different standard, there's no question".

Retired umpire Richard Ings told ESPN on Tuesday that umpires feel that Ramos is being vilified.

Ings once issued a warning, point penalty and a game penalty against McEnroe at the 1987 US Open for obscenities directed at the umpire.

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Ramos was unable to defend himself over the weekend as the rules prevent umpires from commenting on the matches they oversee.

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