Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

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Many people, looking at Serena Williams's actions during the US Open women's final last week, remembered of John McEnroe who often argued with umpires during his career.

"I've never been called for coaching, but the racket abuse, the verbal abuse, that's just part of the sport".

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

Afterwards, Williams suggested that Ramos and other umpires are tolerant of worse criticism from male players.

"Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies", the source continued.

Williams called Ramos a "liar" and a "thief" on court, for which she was punished, and accused him of sexism in a post-match press conference. On Thursday, a photo circulated of him in conversation with Katrina Adams, president of the US Tennis Association, who had been quick to support Serena Williams's claims of sexist discrimination.

"Look, I don't want this to come out the wrong way", Johnson said. Ings insisted that the "Umpires are just upset".

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Williams was fined $17,000 for the rules violations, and the International Tennis Federation backed Ramos, saying his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules".

"This has been a bit of a watershed moment in the history of professional officiating", he told CNN.

Other umpires are reportedly not so cool with the outrageous smearing of Ramos. But, in this case, particularly through the WTA, this has not happened.

In the brief interview with his native-country paper, he did not talk much about the match itself, but said he has received hundreds of messages of support from family members and current and former players.

Williams also pointed to an incident earlier in the tournament when French player Alize Cornet was charged with a code violation for switching her top around, which was back-to-front, on the court, while in the men's draw Novak Djokovic was photographed smiling with his shirt off in the very same tournament.

Ramos, who is from Portugal, spoke briefly to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso this week. And the judge at the heart of the controversy, chair umpire Carlos Ramos, has said only that he is "fine" and is in a "delicate position".

A report by The Times of London published on Tuesday cited an anonymous official saying that tennis umpires are considering refusing to officiate matches involving Williams.

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