Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

New Stats Support Umpire Carlos Ramos In Dispute With Serena Williams

New Stats Support Umpire Carlos Ramos In Dispute With Serena Williams

The jeers mostly were a response to the controversy that overshadowed the match: The chair umpire assessed Williams a full game penalty after she berated him for accusing her of cheating by taking illegal coaching. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken' and there are no repercussions", she wrote on Twitter.

For many people who watched the U.S. Open Women's Final against Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, one question still remains: what did Serena whisper to Naomi after the match? (Makes you wonder; why do you need a coach if you can't get coached on the court?). "That is not right".

The data was compiled for tens of thousands of Grand Slams matches which consisted of qualifying, main-draw singles and doubles over the 20-year period.

One factor in the disparity in the data is that men play best-of-five set matches in Grand Slam events while women play best-of-three.

The chair umpire, Mr Carlos Ramos, accused Serena of receiving coaching from her coach which is considered illegal in tennis tournaments.

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This was not the first time Williams has had a meltdown at the US Open. That enraged Williams, and her reactions started the process by which Williams ended up losing a point and a game for racket abuse and verbal abuse, respectively. There are more eyeballs and ears around what we want to say. There are two potential variables for which these numbers don't account. They think differently. And men don't really understand women. You will never be on a court with me as long as you live. YMMV, but if my impression ends up being correct, then the data provided by the NYT is an indication of something other than a double standard favoring women. WTA CEO Steve Simon called for changes in officiating, saying that "there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women".

Williams angrily confronted Ramos, demanding an apology and branding him a "liar" and a "thief", comments which prompted the official to hand down a game penalty. The warning incensed Williams, not only because coaching hand gestures have become so common in the modern era of tennis and nearly always go unpunished, but especially because it called her character into question.

"Maybe men should just referee men's matches because they know how men think".

For a prime example of this muddying of the Gatorade, look no further than Serena Williams.

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