Tennis Umpires Considering Boycott of Serena Williams' Matches After US Open Meltdown

Ross Houston
September 14, 2018

With Williams trailing Naomi Osaka 1-0 in the second set of Sunday's eventual 6-2, 6-4 loss, Ramos issued the six-time US Open champion a warning for allegedly receiving signals from her coach.

Osaka managed to beat Williams with the final score of 6-2 and 6-4 in the tournament on Saturday, September 8 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY.

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. Her third violation, for calling the umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief", cost her a game.

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he told the publication.

Osaka also said that she felt confident going into the match that she would win. "She said was proud of me and to know the crowd weren't booing at me".

The Japanese player's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000.

Despite the drama that plagued their final set, Osaka and Williams put on a beautifully unified front during the awards ceremony, with Williams even whispering affirmations to Osaka before the game ended. Visibly angered by the accusation, Williams confronted Ramos. Williams was already down, and ultimately lost the final.

"At the end of the day, Serena could have handled it a little bit differently", Adams said.

In addition, Osaka has inked a deal with Nissan that will make the multicultural athlete - the daughter of a Haitian-born father and Japanese mother, raised mainly in the USA - a "brand ambassador" for the Japanese auto maker.

American player Steve Johnson added: "Look, I don't want this to come out the wrong way, but he enforced rules that have been enforced on me over the years".

There are men out here that do a lot worse but because I'm a woman, because I'm a woman you're going to take this away from me?

The chair umpire at the centre of the saga has spoken publicly for the first time since the match, saying he is "fine".

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. "Don't worry about me". Ramos will next umpire at the US-Croatia Davis Cup semi-final in Zadar, Croatia this weekend.

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