Serena Williams incident has umpires talking boycott

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The former world number one's defiant stance was backed by WTA Tour chief executive Steve Simon and legendary former female player Billie-Jean King, who questioned the coaching penalty that first sparked Williams' anger.

Williams was docked a game during the defeat to Naomi Osaka for verbally abusing umpire Carlos Ramos, calling him a "thief" and a "liar" after he deducted a point from her for previous violations - coaching and smashing her racket. "I have since texted her coach to make sure she understands that she is celebrated and how proud I am of her". "Umpires are just upset", Ings added. Navratilova said, "It wasn't the right time to bring it up", and that she would have expected to face similar penalties for acting as Williams did.

"If governing bodies can throw him under a bus then umpires everywhere are seething".

Ramos, who told the newspaper that he had avoided walking the streets of NY on Sunday to avoid any "complicated situations", confirmed that he would be back in the chair on Friday after the ITF appointed him to officiate the semi-final of the Davis Cup, the global men's team event, between Croatia and the United States.

"Serena was out of line". "As an umpire you're supposed to keep the flow of the match going and he did just the opposite".

The nascent boycott isn't aimed at Serena as much as it is at the Women's Tennis Association and U.S. Tennis Association, they say, for backing up her claim that umpire Carlos Ramos was "sexist" in penalizing her at the Open.

"It's been picked up by social media in the USA and my phone has just melted down".

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"Every match is different and every incident is different and Carlos did a tremendous job in this particular match". "The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed".

Ings said the incident itself would not worry umpires but the handling of it would be an issue. If it happened in the men's match, it would not happen again.

Ramos told his friend that he stayed inside the day after the final, afraid that he might draw the ire of locals were he to start walking through the streets of New York City.

After U.S. Tennis Association President Katrina Adams issued a statement Saturday evening praising Williams as a "true champion" and an "inspiration", Adams said Tuesday that a double standard exists in how male and female players are treated by chair umpires.

There are men out here that do a lot worse but because I'm a woman, because I'm a woman you're going to take this away from me?

Ramos will return to the chair on Friday, officiating the men's semi-final of the Davis Cup, he confirmed. That sentiment has led to renewed talk among umpires of forming a union, an idea that has been around for years.

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