Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

After Serena Williams tirade, tennis umps consider boycotting her matches

After Serena Williams tirade, tennis umps consider boycotting her matches

"(It) not only exudes racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams' depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like", the group said in a statement.

An anonymous official told the newspaper that Ramos was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it", and that a number of umpires agreed they were "not supported" by the USTA during what was a particularly controversial US Open.

"Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis", said the ITF.

On Monday, the ITF, which oversees the Davis Cup, issued a statement defending Ramos, saying his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules" and that his rulings were "reaffirmed by the U.S. Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences".

On-court coaching is allowed on the WTA Tour, but not at Grand Slams, and Simon believes a further review on this matter is required. He has also been on the chair for the women's singles finals at three of the four majors - the French Open in 2005, Wimbledon in 2008 and at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.

The governing body of tennis added that: "Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Monday defended Ramos, backing the umpire for the way he handled the situation in hard circumstances.

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Williams' heated exchanges with an umpire at the tournament final this week have stirred the tennis world. "This is not a joke", said Vanessa K. De Luca, former editor in chief of Essence magazine, who wrote a column about the U.S. Open furor. Osaka's decpition as having blonde hair despite her Haitian and Japanese heritage was also called out, although the player does sport blonde highlights in her natural dark curls.

Andy Murray kicked a ball at an umpire's head during a 2016 match, but did not get a code or point penalty.

Ramos accused Williams of receiving tips from her coach on the sidelines, to which she said "I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose". Williams was then penalized a second time after accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of lying.

It's just the latest example of Williams confronting sexism in and around her sport but it may be the most profound and publicly visible moment yet. She said the umpire still treated her differently because she was a black woman.

Knight did not respond to an Observer request for comment, though in a follow-up tweet he told his critics not to "bring gender into it when it's all about behavior".

"We do not believe that this was done (Saturday)". The beginning of the tournament saw organisers struggle to contend with a heat-wave in NY that resulted in the implementation of a heat policy - the first time ever it was applied in men's matches.

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