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Professional tennis umpires are reportedly threatening to unionize and boycott after Serena Williams accused an umpire of sexism over violations she received during her US Open championship loss to Naomi Osaka.

"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board", Adams continued.

Williams, who called Ramos a "liar" and "thief" during the match she lost to Naomi Osaka, has alleged sexism played a role in the umpire docking her a game on Saturday.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles victor, one away from tying Margaret Court's record for women or men, claimed that Ramos would not have treated a male player in such a harsh manner.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", he said.

The International Tennis Federation, the sport's governing body, came to Ramos' defense Monday, saying that his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules" and that he "acted at all times with professionalism and integrity". However, that show of support reportedly was too slow in the making to mollify the umpires' colleagues.

Following criticism from both inside and outside of tennis of an official who penalized Serena Williams during the women's US Open final on Saturday, other referees claim they are fearful of the same treatment.

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", Ramos told Tribuna Expresso, a Portuguese news outlet.

During a subsequent changeover, Murray said: "I didn't say "stupid umpire", I said "stupid umpiring".

An anonymous senior umpire told the Guardian that the community, which is not supposed to talk to the press, is considering forming a union over what happened.

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Richard Ings, an ex-elite Gold Badge umpire told ESPN. "They had everything to do with observing clear breaches of the grand slam code of conduct and then having the courage to call them without fear or favour".

"It's a delicate situation", Ramos said. "Don't you worry about me", the 47-year-old is quoted as saying in the newspaper.

Remarkably, Ramos will make a swift return to the umpire chair as he will officiate the Davis Cup clash between the United States and Croatia in what can be considered a questionable appointment given the various criticism the Portuguese has received over the last few days. "And women are looked at as hysterical", King said.



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