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Ramos backed by ITF over 'regrettable' Serena rant

Ramos backed by ITF over 'regrettable' Serena rant

If it's the WTA/USTA they're mad at, though, then I don't understand the point of limiting the boycott to Williams.

The Herald Sun instead focused on the conflict between Williams and her opponent, writing "such was the gravity of her angry remonstration it later left Osaka, who became Japan's first player to win a Grand Slam singles title, in tears".

That match descended into chaos - with thousands of spectators booing and both players crying during the trophy ceremony - after Williams confronted Ramos about his rulings.

Williams was initially penalised by Ramos for receiving instructions from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who was sat in the stands.

In a piece published today, Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said yesterday's cartoon "had nothing to do with gender or race", and simply depicted an exaggerated version of the 23-time Grand Slam champion reacting to the controversial code violations doled out during her loss to Naomi Osaka.

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Billie Jean King defended Williams, saying women are seen as "hysterical" when emotional while men are seen as "outspoken", but Keothavong insists Ramos, who received the backing of the International Tennis Federation on Monday, was "doing his job". On the contrary, he praised Williams for showing "grace and class" in a situation in which Naomi Osaka, the victor in two sets, was overshadowed.

The story said that among the measures being discussed was a refusal to chair contests involving Williams unless she apologized to Ramos, though it did not suggest that this was likely. "Because I am a woman you are going to take this away from me?" But the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association have come out in support of Williams, which has angered the umpire community.

Several prominent figures in the sport have backed Williams for exposing the double standards within tennis while others have criticised her for lacking sportsmanship.

"It's an unhappy situation but "à la carte" refereeing doesn't exist".

During a subsequent changeover, Murray said: "I didn't say "stupid umpire", I said "stupid umpiring". Don't you worry about me", the 47-year-old is quoted as saying in the newspaper. Richard Ings, a retired elite Gold Badge umpire described as having close ties with active umpires told ESPN that officials feel like the WTA doesn't have their back. "Mr. Ramos" decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences, ' read the statement released by ITF.


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