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Tennis Umpires Mulling Boycott Of Serena Williams Matches

Tennis Umpires Mulling Boycott Of Serena Williams Matches

DailyMail.com reached out to the ITF about Ramos' interview, asking if he would be punished or fined, and a rep for the agency said that they were not in a position to comment on the matter but someone would be in contact.

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

Ramos then told his friend: 'Do not worry about me!'

Retired umpire Richard Ings told ESPN Tuesday that a perceived lack of support for chair umpire Carlos Ramos after he penalized Williams three times in the U.S. Open finals match last weekend has fueled dissension.

The ITF's belated support reflected the growing consensus that Ramos handled the situation impressively in what were very hard circumstances.

"They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos". When she called chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief," demanded an apology and grew emotional as she said she never cheats and wants to set an example for her daughter, he docked her a game at a critical juncture.

In the wake of Osaka's first Grand Slam triumph, there were messages of support for Williams as well as those condemning her behaviour and agreeing with the umpire's calls. "There's no one more experienced, no one more knowledgeable, no one more capable as an umpire than Carlos Ramos".

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But the ITF have further shown their support by putting Ramos in charge of the Davis Cup semi-final between US and Croatia this weekend in Zadar.

"I have had lots of messages saying this is a joke", said one source.

His appearance could prove awkward after several figures from the US Tennis Association, including president Katrina Adams, publicly supported Williams in her sexism allegations.

Meanwhile, tennis umpires are also considering forming a union as they feel no one is standing up for them. Sportscaster and former pro Mary Carillo described him Monday as "very, very respected", and she said that Williams occasionally "acts like a bully". The 18-time Grand Slam victor said that "we can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with", adding, "In fact, this is the sort of behaviour that no one should be engaging in on the court".

Since then, many have come to the defense of Williams and accused Ramos of holding the tennis star to a different standard because she's a woman.

Tennis great Billie Jean King backed the American but Margaret Court, whose major wins record Williams was trying to equal on Saturday, expressed little sympathy for the 36-year-old. "I think he did".

King, however, said Williams was not aware she had been handed a first violation and was surprised to have a point taken from her when she received a second for later smashing her racquet.


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