Serena's US Open row latest to put tennis umpires in spotlight

Carla Harmon
September 13, 2018

In what turned out to the be the not-so-friendly confines of Arthur Ashe Stadium, Serena Williams might have thought she was battling Naomi Osaka for the U.S. Open women's trophy, but she soon realized her other opponent was chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry has raised eyebrows online after saying Serena Williams acted with "grace and class" in her US Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka, during which she controversially clashed with the umpire.

The Flushing Meadows crowd booed during Ramos' exchanges with Williams and then again during the post-match presentation, spoiling the moment for the champion Osaka.

The 20-year-old is getting more accustomed to her new fame but she's still the same shy, giggly girl you saw win Indian Wells for her first career title and then beat Serena Williams in NY on Saturday.

Widmaier said the feeling at USTA is that there needs to be a push to ensure consistency in the application of the rules, including coaching violations and shirt changes by women players.

Ramos ultimately charged Williams with three infractions: the illegal coaching, racket abuse, and- after calling Ramous a "thief" and a "liar"- another violation for verbal abuse.

(Supplied)Naomi Osaka chats with Ellen DeGeneres about her win at the US Open women's final.

Billie Jean King and Serena Williams in 2014.

Speaking to CNN World Sport's Don Riddell, Richard Ings said the treatment of Ramos after a final which sparked debate about sexism in tennis would have left "umpires everywhere seething". The Serbian added, "I don't think it's [the] time and place really to get into other subjects".

"I think that is a bigger issue than what actually happened on Saturday night in that US Open final".

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

"But umpiring 'a la carte" is something that does not exist.

Umpires are reportedly contemplating removing themselves from Williams' matches unless she issues a public apology for criticising Ramos, according to The Times of London. "Don't worry about me".

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

DeGeneres assured the softly-spoken Osaka, who is only 20 and admitted in the past that Williams was her childhood hero, that she was a deserved victor of the tournament.

He is expected to be on duty as planned for this week's Davis Cup semi-final in Zadar where Croatia are hosting the United States.

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