Tennis Umpires Considering Boycott of Serena Williams' Matches After US Open Meltdown

Tennis Umpires Considering Boycott of Serena Williams' Matches After US Open Meltdown

Naomi Osaka's U.S. Open win was overshadowed by Serena Williams' dispute with the umpire, but the budding Japanese tennis star did enough to sign a major endorsement deal, with more likely on the way.

Both during the match and in the aftermath, Williams made claims that the penalties against her came from a sexist umpire.

"I don't understand from where he's coming with that statement", said Djokovic, suggesting this was the first he has heard of umpires failing to treat men and women equally. 'She's right about the guys being held to a different standard, there's no question.' The Australian 24-time Grand Slam victor Margaret Court said: 'We always had to go by the rules.

"Growing up, my dad drove a Nissan, so being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels like I've come full circle", she said Thursday, speaking mostly in English at the vehicle company's headquarters in Yokohama.

The controversial series of events started when umpire Carlos Ramos gave Williams a code violation warning after he spotted her coach, who was in the stands, giving her hand signals.

Osaka, 20, told The Ellen Show she was taught not to pay attention if her opponent got angry, so she could stay focused.

"You're told to just turn around and try to focus so I tried to do that", she said. Later, she smashed her racket and was penalized a point.

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Mouratoglou admitted afterwards that he had tried to coach Williams, who said she never saw the Frenchman's gestures.

Williams ultimately lost the match to Naomi Osaka with a score of 6-2, 6-4.

Now, Adams and Ramos have come face to face in Zadar ahead of the USA team's Davis Cup tie against Croatia where the veteran official will oversee some of the matches.

"I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel". "You owe me an apology!" she shouted repeatedly.

"There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials", the person told the Guardian.

While tennis legend Billy Jean King backed Williams" accusation insisting there was a "double standard', many have condemned the 23-time Grand Slam victor for losing her temper.

"It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", added the 47-year-old seasoned umpire. "Don't worry about me".

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