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Umpires reportedly considering Boycott of Serena Williams Matches

14 September, 2018, 05:17 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams

As Osaka was crowned the victor of this year's tournament, in a dominant 6-2, 6-4 performance, Williams offered a few words to the young champion, as boos continued to pour down from the stands above. "She said was proud of me and to know the crowd weren't booing at me". "She's passionate. She was speaking out and I think for Ramos, he was a little defensive at that point, and was fed up as opposed to saying, 'Okay, let's get back to business, '" Adams said.

Although the International Tennis Federation (ITF) had come to Ramos' defense, saying that his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules", the umpires are according to The Times considering to boycott future Serena Williams matches.

In what turned out to the be the not-so-friendly confines of Arthur Ashe Stadium, Serena Williams might have thought she was battling Naomi Osaka for the U.S. Open women's trophy, but she soon realized her other opponent was chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

Now, a more detailed analysis of the past 20 years of grand slam events has revealed a long-term split of 1,534 to 526. That triggered a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty that gave Osaka a 5-3 lead.

Williams has split opinion around the world with her behaviour during the straight-sets defeat to Naomi Osaka.

The first violation was for coaching, which Williams argued against. That made Williams even more upset, and she berated Ramos repeatedly. Williams was already down, and ultimately lost the final.

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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". "I just felt like everyone was sort of unhappy up there and I know that the ending wasn't really how people wanted it to be", she said earlier this week.

Ramos spoke out for the first time about the fracas, telling the Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso that he was fine.

"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist. Do not worry about me!"

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

One of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time divided tennis and triggered a debate about sexism in the sport, fuelled by Williams's assertion that Ramos would not have dealt with a male player in the same way.

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