Serena Williams row: Tennis umpires mulling boycott of matches involving American star



She called Ramos a "liar" and a "thief" and later accused him of sexism. Lynne Adams tweeted on Tuesday, "Serena Williams is a large black woman who had a complete meltdown, what is racist about this cartoon".

Miffed with the way Carlos Ramos is being criticised after the chair umpire handed code violations to Serena Williams in the US Open 2018 final, tennis umpires are discussing the possibility of boycotting the 23-time Grand Slam champion's matches. "There is a huge double standard for women when it comes to how bad behavior is punished - and not just in tennis", Navratilova said.

No matter what your opinions are on the drama surrounding Osaka's win, everyone can agree that life is pretty sweet for her right now.

The Times of London reported that some umpires are considering boycotting Williams' matches. She later smashed her racket on the court, resulting in a point penalty and more choice words for Ramos.

Ramos drew Williams' ire for penalizing her because her coach was giving her instructions from the stands, which is a violation.

According to McEnroe, Ramos should not have given Williams a violation for breaking her racquet and should have warned her early on about what would happen if she did not move on. "I think it's a matter of having a conversation with the two guys and saying let's cut it out, let's slow it down, and then perhaps not understanding how they can have the same conversation with the females".

Williams claimed the penalty was a "sexist remark" but Keothavong believes the 36-year-old should have better controlled her emotions.

Williams even went on to call Ramos "a thief" and told the US Open supervisor that she had received the code violations "because I'm a woman".

Carlos Ramos, the umpire at the center of the storm surrounding Serena Williams at the U.S. Open, was "thrown under a bus" by tennis' governing bodies, says a former top-level umpire.

"The point is he [Ramos] aggravated the situation, instead of saying "I'm not attacking your character", which is the most important thing he could have said".

"Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis", it said.

The USTA credited Williams for behaving with class after the match, which she lost.

The umpires are now allegedly putting forth a united front to stick it to a woman who is already being hammered online by white news outlets, including one that portrayed Williams' as a tantrum-throwing Sambo looking baby with oversized lips and grotesque facial features.

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