December 10, 2018

International Tennis Federation defends umpire after Serena Williams flap

12 September 2018, 07:29 | Elsie Buchanan

JULIO CORTEZ AP Chair umpire Carlos Ramos docked Serena Williams a whole game during the US Open final for"verbal abuse

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos docked Serena Williams a whole game during the US Open final for

In the illustration, Williams is shown jumping on a racket and next to it is a baby pacifier.

BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker expressed similar sentiments while saying, "I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and they haven't been given a violation". And I grudgingly held on to that racket.

"Yeah I think she was a spoiled brat", he said. "The world has just gone insane". It comes out of her $1.85 million prize money, according to The Associated Press.

If her display was wrong, the burden should be on the International Tennis Federation to make sure the rules of conduct apply to everyone, not just women.

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"We do not believe that this was done".

Umpires are not allowed to speak out publicly under the terms of their contracts, and are employed by grand slams and men's and women's tours, which means many are reluctant to say anything for fear of losing their jobs.

"I'm all about gender equality and I think when you look at that situation these are conversations that will be imposed in the next weeks". "We'll get through it. Let's not boo anymore". "He saw violations and he had the courage of his convictions to call them when he saw them".

However, the match will be more remembered for Williams' outrageous behaviour in which she was given a code violation after her coach Patrick Mourataoglu appeared to be instructing her from the stands. That put Osaka ahead 5-3, AP reported.

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Serena told the umpire "I don't cheat" before the game continued.

Earlier, WTA chief Steve Simon said Ramos would have responded differently had a men's player reacted in a similar way. "I'll accept your apology in writing", signed off with a smiling face emoji.

Under Article III, Section P of the Grand Slam Rule Book, "verbal abuse" is defined as "a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive".

What is clear though is that the extraordinary circumstances surrounding Osaka's US Open win, which ended with the champion covering her eyes with her cap during the closing ceremony out of pain and discomfort, may never be seen again. "Using those classic sambo tropes- enlarged lips, overexaggerated body parts to depict Serena as hyper masculine- next time just use an old ad from the 1800s- no one would notice the difference in your racism". "You are the liar".

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Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by U.S. Open organisers for going "beyond protocol" when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a mid-match pep talk during his second-round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Say it. Say you're sorry...

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