US Open outburst: Umpires to boycott Serena's matches

WTA back Williams’ sexism claims

Serena Williams: US Open final umpire makes interesting admission over controversy

The U.S. Open chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, called three violations against Williams during the U.S. Open Final, a match that ultimately ended in Williams' defeat to Naomi Osaka of Japan.

In the wake of the incidents, The Guardian reports umpires feel Ramos was "hung out to dry for almost 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials".

"Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies", the source continued. "At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".

"Thank you, Serena Williams, for calling out this double standard".

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U.S. Open victor Naomi Osaka is reportedly set to sign the biggest deal Adidas has ever made with a female athlete, after the tennis star defeated 23-time Grand Slam singles victor Serena Williams in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.

Williams was issued a code violation for receiving coaching during the second set, then was penalized a point for smashing her racket.

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", retired Gold Badge umpire Richard Ings said, according to ESPN's Peter Bodo. "Because I am a woman you are going to take this away from me?"

The rising tennis star's victory was sadly overshadowed by a firestorm of controversy after Williams confronted chair umpire Carlos Ramos and was slapped with three code violations. Umpires are discussing whether they could take action to stand up for their profession.

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The umpiring community also had Ramos' back, as they have threatened to boycott Williams' matches.

High profile figures such as former player Billie Jean King have thrown their support behind Williams, as has the Women's Tennis Association and United States Tennis Association.

That question, coming on the heels of questions over scheduling of women's matches at the Australian Open and widely criticized remarks by French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli suggesting the "Black Panther" catsuit Williams wore at the French Open was somehow "disrespectful", has intensified debate on gender bias in the game.

"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", Osaka told Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday. "It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", the 47-year-old told Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.

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While it is possible that the current crop of young tennis players may start asking umpires for an apology when their ball is called out, it seems more likely that the 2018 US Open women's singles final will be remembered as a catalyst for future change in the sport of professional tennis. "We do not believe that this was done last night", he had said.

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