Umpires reportedly considering boycott of Serena Williams matches

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The incident began when Williams was penalized for allegedly receiving direction from her coach on the sidelines via hand signals, which is a violation of US Open rules.

Sitting in the hot seat, Ramos saw Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou, motion her from the player's box to move to the net.

Ramos told the Portuguese newspaper, Tribuna Expresso, "I'm fine, given the circumstances. For me, it's just who I am", she said, per Reuters. A Nissan North America spokeswoman confirmed in an email that the US division does not now have plans to utilize her, adding that "the relationship is early and primarily a global one".

Ramos told the outlet that he was "sure of his performance." . He will be back to work as umpire on Friday in Zadar, Croatia.

The first violation was for coaching, which Williams argued against. It later started a larger debate about sexism in tennis.

The umpiring community also had Ramos' back, as they have threatened to boycott Williams' matches.

Naomi Osaka, the 20-year-old tennis sensation who last week became the first Japanese player to win the US Open, is cashing in on her success. Even the International Tennis Federation (ITF), which stood by the judges, waited 48 hours before announcing a position.

Moreover, a source identified as a tennis "senior figure" told The Guardian, "There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials. Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules...."

Nissan announced the deal at its global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, marking one of Osaka's first appearances in Japan since winning the U.S. Open on September 8, Nissan said in a statement.

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. The victor is the one who finishes first.

Osaka said she was taught as a youngster to ignore the other side of the court.

Williams has battled conventions all her life to inspire and open the doors for the Osakas, Stephens and Keys. "The incidents on the court are not the issue", he added.

Rory Carroll reported this story for Reuters News Agency.

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