Tennis umpires considering boycotting Serena Williams matches

  • Tennis umpires considering boycotting Serena Williams matches

Tennis umpires considering boycotting Serena Williams matches

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.

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he told the publication.

Mouratoglou admitted afterwards that he had tried to coach Williams, who said she never saw the Frenchman's gestures.

Voices in the tennis world have spoken out both in support and condemnation of US tennis champion Serena Williams after the angry outburst that cost her a game, and possibly the match, during her US Open final on Saturday.

Many tennis fans and players are still debating whether sexism played a role in the penalty given to Serena Williams in her confrontation with an umpire during the U.S. Open final.

Williams became irate and smashed her racket, leading to an actual code violation. "It made me feel like it was a sexist remark", she told reporters on Saturday.

Williams accused Ramos of sexism after the match and pointed out that male players have been more aggressive verbally with umpires than she was, but had been not been penalized the same way.

"I've seen a lot of people get called for coaching before, and you might have a grumble and stuff, but you get on with it".

Osaka said during the interview that she initially didn't know what was going on because she turned away from the scene as Williams approached Ramos and started yelling.

Coming to his defense was the International Tennis Federation, which in a tweet hailed his professionalism.

The shy Osaka tweeted about the video on Thursday: "I always knew this would come back to haunt me".

The rulings by Ramos and outcome of the match stirred controversy, with some backing Williams, believing she'd been unfairly ruled against, and others believing her behavior justified the violations.

Speaking to Tribuna Expresso earlier this week in his native country, Ramos indicated he was at peace with his decisions because he didn't pick and choose when to apply the rule book.

"It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", added the 47-year-old seasoned umpire.

The newspaper said Ramos received hundreds of messages of support from family, colleagues, players and former players. The umpire stayed at his house for several days after the final to avoid problems.

Now, Adams and Ramos have come face to face in Zadar ahead of the United States team's Davis Cup tie against Croatia where the veteran official will oversee some of the matches.