'Disturbed' umpires revolting after Serena Williams feud

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

William's match with 20-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan was clouded with controversy after Ramos issued a code violation to Williams during play, saying she had received coaching during the match - a point Williams strongly denied. It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses.

Serena Williams was turned into a cartoon on Monday, two days after she lost the US Open final.

In the wake of the incidents, The Guardian reports umpires feel Ramos was "hung out to dry for almost 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials".

"Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies", the source continued.

"I don't understand from where he's coming with that statement", said Djokovic, suggesting this was the first he has heard of umpires failing to treat men and women equally.

It is bad enough that a star of Williams stature exploded in such a politically charged rant at the judge, but what hurt the judges even more is that both the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) came to Williams' support on her charges against the judge.

"I felt like at the very beginning he blew it", King said. "As an umpire, you're supposed to keep the flow of the match going and he did just the opposite".

"Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis", the statement said.

"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board", Adams continued.

"It's been picked up by social media in the USA and my phone has just melted down ... The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed".

It is tradition that in addition to the finalists, the chair umpire who oversees the final is also acknowledged at the end of the match.

Keothavong does not believe Williams was treated differently than a male player, but acknowledged the incident highlighted there is a "bigger issue".

To account for the longer game time, you could work out how many fines were issued per set.

'I'm fine, given the circumstances, ' said Ramos. "It's a delicate situation, but "a la carte" arbitration does not exist".

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

Ramos' umpiring career will continue as he is expected to officiate the Davis Cup semifinal matches starting September 14.

Several umpires are privately advocating for officials to unionize, the Guardian reports, though presently umpires do not have a union to organize any form of a boycott.

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