Tennis umpires consider forming union, boycotting over Serena Williams drama

Serena Williams had a heated exchange with chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open women's final

Serena Williams had a heated exchange with chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the U.S. Open women's final

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.

Some tennis umpires are upset over the "verbal abuse" that Carlos Ramos received from Williams, and the amount of attention he's gotten after the final.

She continued, "I couldn't hear and I was looking away, but I heard a lot of people in the crowd making noises, and I really wanted to turn around, but I didn't". "First of all as an umpire you're supposed to keep the flow of the match going and he did just the opposite".

"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board", Adams continued.

A tennis official told the publication that umpires felt "not supported" by the United States Tennis Association.

Much of the criticism of Williams has centered on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologize for beating the home favorite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos.

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".

The ITF's support for Ramos comes after the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) expressed disappointment over the handling of the match and the USTA's plans to review its communication policies after a string of umpiring controversies.

That has led to several umpires privately pushing for an officials' union, an idea that has floated around on and off for years, as a matter of urgency. Gold badge umpire Richard Ings told ESPN that the umpire fraternity is "thoroughly disturbed" by how they have been treated in this situation.

Ramos, however, has spoken out about the incident for the first time in an interview with Tribuna Expresso in his native country, as the Spaniard cited he was content with the decisions he made as he does not pick and choose when to apply the rule book. "But umpiring a la carte is something that does not exist".

"But if you were talking about my tennis, I think my tennis is not very Japanese". "They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls".

Ramos will next umpire at the U.S. -Croatia Davis Cup semi-final in Zadar, Croatia this weekend.

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