Serena Williams breaks US Open silence, points to double standard

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos docked Serena Williams a game during the US Open final for'verbal abuse

Another person identified as an "senior figure" told the Guardian that umpires felt Ramos was "hung out to dry" after the incident and that "no one is standing up for officials" amid reports that the incident is fueling talks of a boycott.

As the controversy rumbled on, Ramos spoke out to say that "a la carte arbitration does not exist", amid rumblings that umpires would boycott future matches involving Serena.

Watching the women's final between Williams and Naomi Osaka from his Atlanta home, Aaron saw Williams react angrily when chair umpire Carlos Ramos warned her about receiving coaching, something that happens commonly in tennis but is rarely sanctioned.

"This is a bulls**t, for umpires being women or men doesn't matter", said the world No 25.

The International Tennis Federation supported Ramos in a statement released Monday, saying that his decisions were "in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses".

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It was at that point that Williams was docked a full game, a penalty from which she could not recover and soon led to her losing the set and the match.

"I know the way that I was brought up, people tell me I act kind of Japanese so I guess there is that".

Williams' on-court tantrum in NY included slamming her racket to the ground and calling Ramos "a thief". American Serena Williams and Japan's Naomi Osaka were competing in the championship. At the 2016 Olympics, he issued Andy Murray with a code violation when he thought the reigning champion had called him "stupid".

There is disparity between the ATP men's tour and WTA women's tour; between Grand Slam tournaments and lower-level events; and even among the Slams themselves. This is not fair. There's a lot of men out here who have said a lot of things.

Tennis is a young person's sport, so there is no logical reason why Williams should have been in the finals of the U.S. Open in Flushing, Queens in the first place, let alone having recently gone through child birth. In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court ... Williams claimed Ramos' actions in NY were "sexist" but speaking to BBC Sport yesterday, US Open mixed-doubles champion Murray said: "I think that's a bit far-fetched".

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