Umpires 'could boycott Serena Williams matches' after US Open outburst

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"I know what Serena did and her behavior was not welcome", she said.

Roger Federer was fined just $1,500 for a berating an umpire with an expletive during the 2009 U.S. Open, and Adams pointed out that the amount of fines is at the discretion of the administrator of the four Grand Slam events, not the USTA.

Ramos, who was selected Tuesday by the ITF to umpire Davis Cup semifinal matches this week between the United States and Croatia, has also received some support from major individual figures in the world of tennis.

Ings said that while refs are upset and legitimately concerned about favoritism toward Williams and against them, an actual boycott isn't likely because of the lack of an umpire union and the relatively small number of top-level officials, of which Ramos is considered one.

He added: "I depicted her [Osaka] as I saw her in photographs of the US Open".

Issues of sexism, officiating double standards and adverse playing conditions have dominated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Open, raising uncomfortable questions and prompting authorities to promise a review of existing policies.

Serena Williams smashes her racket during the women's final against Naomi Osaka during the 2018 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York September 8, 2018.

She does, however, have the support of one of the greatest female tennis players of all time.

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"I felt like at the very beginning he blew it", King said.

"(He could have said), "Hey, we're getting out of hand here, let's tone it down".

Umpires are not allowed to speak out publicly under the terms of their contracts, and are employed by grand slams and men's and women's tours, which means many are reluctant to say anything for fear of losing their jobs.

"You're going to have reactions". "The chair umpire was harsh with the call, but within his right", Devvarman said.

Andy Murray kicked a ball at an umpire's head during a 2016 match, but did not get a code or point penalty. "If he had said "I'm not attacking your character", everything would have been different". "You even turned Osaka into a white blonde woman to push your "angry black woman agenda". She's everything our society claims to value.

Mark Knight published a cartoon in Australian newspaper The Herald Sun on Monday that showed Williams with caricaturized features like oversized lips, a big nose, and wiry hair.

Chair umpires took centre stage at Flushing Meadows this year, more than at any other tournament in recent memory, and culminated with Serena Williams being reduced to tears at her treatment in the women's final. But one thing we're not disappointed in is how Williams handled herself both on and off the court.

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