Miffed with the way Carlos Ramos is being criticised after the chair umpire handed code violations to Serena Williams in the US Open 2018 final, tennis umpires are discussing the possibility of boycotting the 23-time Grand Slam champion's matches.
U.S. Open victor Naomi Osaka is reportedly set to sign the biggest deal Adidas has ever made with a female athlete, after the tennis star defeated 23-time Grand Slam singles victor Serena Williams in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief".
Tennis great Billy Jean King wrote on Twitter: "When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it".
After the match, Williams accused Ramos of having a double standard for women and men. "More voices are needed to do the same".
However, in an interview with CNN on Tuesday, King's stance softened. "She is going for her first Grand Slam title, grew up in NY, that was her moment", she added. Another thing I learned is that even elite "Gold Badge" umpires like Ramos who get assigned to the finals of Grand Slam tournaments get paid next to nothing to do so.
Carlos Ramos, the umpire at the center of the storm surrounding Serena Williams at the U.S. Open, was "thrown under a bus" by tennis' governing bodies, says a former top-level umpire.
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"I've said far worse", McEnroe, a seven-times Grand Slam singles victor, said on ESPN. She does have a temper, she is not the only one, but you have just got to know as a professional athlete with all eyes on you on the biggest stage, you have to know when to stop.
"So many people look up to Serena Wiliams, and she is an iconic figure".
Also portrayed in the picture are a child's dummy and imagery reminiscent of racist depictions of black people in the U.S. during the Jim Crow era. "If he had said "I'm not attacking your character", everything would have been different".
USTA president Katrina Adams also blasted chair umpire Ramos, calling out sexism with the way tennis umpires dealt with players.
Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso reported that Ramos had avoided walking the streets of NY on Sunday to avoid any "complicated situations".
Remarkably, Ramos will make a swift return to the umpire chair as he will officiate the Davis Cup clash between the USA and Croatia in what can be considered a questionable appointment given the various criticism the Portuguese has received over the last few days. "It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", the 47-year-old told Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.