'Disturbed' umpires revolting after Serena Williams feud

Sergio Cunningham
September 12, 2018

Chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, gave Williams three penalties for rule violations during the match.

However, the match will be more remembered for Williams' outrageous behaviour in which she was given a code violation after her coach Patrick Mourataoglu appeared to be instructing her from the stands.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", he said.

An ITF statement read: "Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis". Williams, who did well to turn around the victory ceremony, throwing a comforting arm around the young star after calming the full house, then proceeded to tell the NY spectators that they were "the best in the world". That's partly because the officials have no fraternal organization, no "umpire's union" that might orchestrate a boycott. "We do not believe that this was done last night", CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.

"Umpires are just upset", Ings said. "If talking to the media is not allowed, and governing bodies are speaking out against them, what are umpires supposed to do?" "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 favor". "They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls". It's a delicate situation, but "à la carte" arbitration does not exist.

"Don't worry about me, I'll be fine".

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Serena told the umpire "I don't cheat" before the game continued. In Ramos' defense, Adams said he was "following the code" but noted he could have issued a soft warning for coaching instead of a penalty off the bat.

The first incident came when she was docked a point for breaking her racket.

Williams called the official "a thief", which drew the third violation against her for "verbal abuse", and it cost her the game. You will never be on a court of mine as long as you live.

She does, however, have the support of one of the greatest female tennis players of all time. Williams demanded to speak to the tournament referee after the final decision, but it was not overturned. "If the ref was a sexist, this cartoonist took it even further".

Knight also pointed to another cartoon he had published three days earlier, depicting Australian male player Nick Kyrgios being led off the court by the ears like a child, after his own outburst at an umpire in Flushing Meadows.

Editor Damon Johnston also defended Knight in a tweet saying the cartoon is "not racist or sexist" but "rightly mocks poor behavior by a tennis legend".

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