Tennis Umpires Mulling Boycott Of Serena Williams Matches

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The Portuguese chair umpire who has been accused of sexism and racism in the wake of his controversial calls during the US Open Women's final on Saturday is speaking out.

After taking out the match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, Osaka and Williams appeared together for the trophy ceremony, during which audible boos erupted from the crowd. I don't believe it's a good idea to apply a standard of, "If men can get away with it, women should be able to, too".

This has further ruffled the feathers of some umpires, with an anonymous official revealing there is a growing consensus that umpires are "not supported" by the USTA, while Ramos was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it".

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

Serena Williams was turned into a cartoon on Monday, two days after she lost the US Open final.

Of his social-media commentators, he added: "I tried to reply to these people but they just don't listen".

"#Amul Topical: Ms William's tantrums in US Open finals!" read the tweet posted along with a picture that featured the moment where Williams and Carlos Ramos were involved in a heated verbal argument.

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"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Richard Ings, a retired, elite Gold Badge umpire told ESPN.com on Tuesday. He acted "at all times with professionalism and integrity" during Saturday's showdown, the ITF said in a statement on BBC.

Tennis great Billy Jean King wrote on Twitter: "When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it".

Ramos, however, has spoken out about the incident for the first time in an interview with Tribuna Expresso in his native country, as the Spaniard cited he was content with the decisions he made as he does not pick and choose when to apply the rule book.

"It's an unhappy situation but "à la carte" refereeing doesn't exist. Do not worry about me!"

Meanwhile, tennis umpires are also considering forming a union as they feel no one is standing up for them.

The Herald Sun, owned by a News Corp subsidiary, published a defense of its cartoonist on the home page of its website, quoting Knight as saying: "The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race".

His comments come ahead of this weekend's Davis Cup, which he confirmed will see him take to the chair to officiate for the match between Croatia and the United States.

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