Tennis Umpires Considering Boycott of Serena Williams' Matches After US Open Meltdown

Heather Diaz
September 14, 2018

Umpires are allegedly unhappy at how 2018 US Open women's final umpire Carlos Ramos was treated during and after the match.

Ramos will umpire Croatia v U.S. in the Davis Cup this weekend and ahead of that tie, United States men's captain Jim Courier told the Associated Press news agency: "It's been polarized and in some ways politicised".

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"Still, despite the threats, Ings did not think that the judges would rise up and boycott Williams" future matches.

WITH his first public words since the firestorm that was the US Open women's singles final, the chair umpire at the centre of the Serena Williams feud has assured the world he's OK, which is apparently a thing that needed assuring. Amid the crowd booing, Williams tried to reassure the new champion that the boos were not aimed at her.

Williams received a second penalty for throwing her racket to the ground and breaking it after losing a point.

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USTA president said Williams showed "a great deal of class and sportsmanship", without referencing the feud with the umpire.

Both during the match and in the aftermath, Williams made claims that the penalties against her came from a sexist umpire. I have never cheated in my life!

"I've always thought that Kei (Nishikori) is a super good role model on the men's side and I wish that there was one on the women's side".

According to the source, umpires are reportedly discussing the option of refusing match assignments that involve Williams until she apologises to Ramos for calling him a "liar" and "thief".

Even the International Tennis Federation (ITF), which stood by the judges, waited 48 hours before announcing a position. "At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity". After the tournament was over, the six-time US Open champion was fined $17,000 for her actions during the match.

Another person identified as an "senior figure" told the Guardian that umpires felt Ramos was "hung out to dry" after the incident and that "no one is standing up for officials" amid reports that the incident is fueling talks of a boycott.

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