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Tennis Umpires Fear 'No One Has Their Back' After Serena Williams Controversy

Tennis Umpires Fear 'No One Has Their Back' After Serena Williams Controversy

American Serena Williams and Japan's Naomi Osaka were competing in the championship.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) also supported Williams' claims, while Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA and victor of 12 grand slam singles titles, told CNN Tuesday that though Williams was "out of line", Ramos had aggravated the situation.

Ramos is deemed one of the more experienced umpires in the game with nearly 30 years of experience but for overseeing the Grand Slam final he received a fee of just £370 - a standard daily rate. "Will the rules change in Serena's matches?".

"I felt like at the very beginning he blew it", King said.

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned" by officials with the Women's Tennis Association who questioned Ramos' rulings in such a high-profile contest, Ings said.

Williams received a torrent of support in her claims of sexism after a series of code violations issued by umpire Carlos Ramos sent her into an unflattering meltdown in her straights sets loss on Sunday. "You owe me an apology".

Williams went on to allege that male players were treated more favourably than female players. Her third violation, for calling the umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief", cost her a game. Amid the crowd booing, Williams tried to reassure the new champion that the boos were not aimed at her.

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Osaka was seen crying during the ceremony, and Williams appeared to lean over and say something in her ear, presumably to console her. Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight is being called a racist and sexist for his portrayal of Williams, showing her stomping on the court in the manner of a toddler in the throws of a temper tantrum. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff".

Most of those criticisms - largely made by men - were valid, but they chose to ignore Williams' experience as a black woman. "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief".

The move could be smart business from Adidas, pitting the younger Osaka against the 36-year-old Williams, who is one of the most prominent faces of rivals Nike, and who will have no doubt lost some public favor after her shocking outburst during their match.

On Monday, the International Tennis Federation said Ramos acted "at all times with professionalism and integrity", a statement welcomed by Ings, who was a professional chair umpire from 1986 to 1993.

"It's odd because that's an individual sport, but I got used to it".

"Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings", she added.


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