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

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

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

Women's Tennis Association, the governing body for women's tennis, backed Serena Williams over her claims of sexism by umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open Finals on Saturday.

After seeing the Women's Tennis Association and the United States Tennis Association side with Serena Williams in her heated U.S. Open conflict with umpire Carlos Ramos, other umpires are wary of ever working a Williams match again, according to ESPN.

Ramos was "thrown to wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it", an anonymous official had told The Times.

Ramos, however, could have prevented the affair had he communicated better and given Williams a "soft warning" instead of a code violation when he saw her coach Patrick Mouratoglou giving signals during the match, King said. "Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules...."

The officials are further enraged by the fact that it took International Tennis Federation (ITF) 48 hours to come to Ramos' support.

In the second set of Williams' match against Naomi Osaka, Ramos warned Williams for receiving coaching, which is against the rules in Grand Slam matches.

"I'm all about gender equality and I think when you look at that situation these are conversations that will be imposed in the next weeks". Eventually, Williams called Ramos "a thief," drawing the third violation for "verbal abuse" - and costing her a game, putting Osaka ahead 5-3.

Yet Richard Ings, a former professional chair umpire who also used to be the ATP Tour Executive Vice-President, Rules and Competition, felt it was Williams who needed to apologise.

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.

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

"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", the 20-year-old said.

At the 2016 French Open Venus Williams was also angered to receive a code violation for supposedly communicating with her coach. There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things, and because they are men, that doesn't happen to them.

Speaking to Tribuna Expresso Ramos said: "I'm fine, given the circumstances".

The fallout from the women's US Open final has sparked debate about whether female tennis players are treated unfairly by match officials. "They had everything to do with observing clear breaches of the grand slam code of conduct and then having the courage to call them without fear or favour". "We do not believe that this was done last night", he had said.