Umpires reportedly considering Boycott of Serena Williams Matches

Serena Williams clashed with umpire Carlos Ramos in the US Open final. Pic GettyMore

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.

Serena Williams smashes her racket during the women's final against Naomi Osaka during the 2018 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York September 8, 2018.

"There is a huge double standard for women when it comes to how bad behavior is punished - and not just in tennis", Navratilova said.

Chair umpires took centre stage at Flushing Meadows this year, more than at any other tournament in recent memory, and culminated with Serena Williams being reduced to tears at her treatment in the women's final.

'It's a boring situation, but "à la carte" judging does not exist'.

I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and wants to express themselves and want to be a strong woman.
However, that show of support reportedly was too slow in the making to mollify the umpires' colleagues.

However, one senior figure told The Guardian that privately, there was widespread concern about how the USTA and WTA had rushed to support Williams - which had led to vitriol and abuse on social media for Ramos.

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Umpire Carlos Ramos issued a warning to Williams about receiving coaching from the stands, something that happens often but is prohibited in Grand Slam events like the Open.

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

In response to swelling criticisms of Ramos' officiating, some umpires, though technically not allowed to talk with the press, are speaking out on behalf of the fraternity of tennis referees.

Ramos did not penalize the men for what they said. 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". "Don't worry about me".

Williams, meanwhile, was fined £13,500 for her on-court behaviour. "'I'm not attacking your character, ' is the most important thing he could have said", King told CNN. "I guess when we look up to our heroes, we expect the very best from them at all times but she is human", Keothavong told Sky Sports' Sportswomen.

However, the world's third-ranked men's player does not necessarily agree with the assessments of Williams and WTA chief executive Steve Simon that umpires treat women players differently from men. She has had words on court before but this time it went way beyond anything I have seen for a long time.

Ramos slapped Williams with several penalties with accompanying fines totaling $17,000 after she asserted herself and challenged the umpire for saying she was being coached during the game.

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