Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Tennis Officials "Fearful They Could Be the Next Ramos" After Serena Incident

Tennis Officials

Serena Williams yells at chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the US Open women's final against Naomi Osaka of Japan, in NY on 8 September. 'I don't know what's can I say about that, ' said del Potro.

"I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff".

The WTA later called for equal treatment of all tennis players and coaching to be allowed across the sport.

"We do not believe that this was done (Saturday)".

That question, coming on the heels of questions over scheduling of women's matches at the Australian Open and widely criticized remarks by French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli suggesting the "Black Panther" catsuit Williams wore at the French Open was somehow "disrespectful", has intensified debate on gender bias in the game.

Ramos followed the rule book to a tee.

Ramos drew Williams' ire for penalizing her because her coach was giving her instructions from the stands, which is a violation. Players get upset on court, players get code violations on court.

Andy Murray received a code violation from Ramos at the 2016 Rio Olympics after Ramos alleged the Briton called him a "stupid umpire".

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Alternatively, USTA head Katrina Adams said male players badger "the umpire on the changeovers and nothing happens". "But if you want to be the star of the show, that's fine".

"But I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit", he said. But that should not be used as a smokescreen to excuse the behaviour of the 23-time Grand Slam champion. It was, in my opinion, maybe unnecessary.

In the fallout of the incident, the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association both came out in support of Williams. Sportscaster and former pro Mary Carillo described him Monday as "very, very respected", and she said that Williams occasionally "acts like a bully".

"The way that Serena handled the situation, I think she handled it with such grace and class", Curry told Omnisport. There's certain ones that need to be checked. I've dealt with the wrong side where they think they hear something, they don't hear something. Such is your magic that you have inspired a whole new generation of kids to pick up the game, train passionately, and be good enough to beat you at it.

Ramos wasn't the only umpire under fire in the final Grand Slam of the year. In Ramos' defense, Adams said he was "following the code" but noted he could have issued a soft warning for coaching instead of a penalty off the bat.

Asked how he deals with decisions that go against his team, Curry added: "It's tough but with experience you understand how you can control your emotions and how you can stay focused on what the task at hand is and that's just winning basketball games and not letting anything get in the way of that".

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"A chair umpire should be neutral", Djokovic said.

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