Tennis Umpires Mulling Boycott Of Serena Williams Matches

Tennis Umpires Are Reportedly Considering Boycott of Serena Williams Matches After US Open Incident

But after returning to Japan on Thursday, Osaka insisted there were no hard feelings towards Williams, who branded umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" in an astonishing tantrum triggered by a code violation for coaching that culminated in a docked game. "Will the rules change in Serena's matches?". "He never took a game from a man because he said "thief".

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.

"Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings". She has won 23 times grand slam titles and has been ranked number one by the Women's Tennis Association eight times.

The American claimed it was "sexist" and her view was endorsed by former champion Billie-Jean King, who said there was a "double standard". "But other than that, if you were talking about my tennis, I think my tennis is very, not very Japanese", Osaka said Wednesday.

The public appearance comes just days after Serena was defeated by Japan's Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open in NYC.

"But the way she handled it post-match with how eloquently she put her sentiments around gender equality in her sport and created the conversation we can all assess for ourselves".

Tennis umpires are reportedly considering a boycott of matches involving Serena Williams after her incident with chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the United States open final, according to the UK paper The Times. This also requires subjective analysis and a lot more study, but it's at least possible that men are so badly behaved on court that judges have a higher threshold for calling penalties just to keep matches moving along.

Former star Martina Navratilova says there is no excuse for Serena Williams' behaviour, even if she did have a wee point.

My friends will tell you how we utterly hate it when a man interrupts a women making a point, only to make the same point the woman was trying to make, what is now called "mansplaining".

But the International Tennis Federation defended Ramos and said in a statement that his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules" and that he "acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".

It remains to be seen whether Serena will face any further ramifications for her behaviour, after being fined $17,000 in the wake of the incident.

U.S. Open women's champion Naomi Osaka is back in Japan celebrating not only her landmark victory, but also a sponsorship deal with auto manufacturer Nissan. In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court.



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