US Open Umpire Makes First Public Statement

Annette Crawford
September 13, 2018

A teary-eyed Osaka addressed the crowd, saying (via ESPN), "It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals".

This is said to be because the CEO of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), Steve Simon, and the U.S. Tennis Association President Katrina Adams, had released statements in support of Serena. "Will the rules change in Serena's matches?".

Mouratoglou admitted afterwards that he had tried to coach Williams, who said she never saw the Frenchman's gestures.

Ramos told the Portuguese newspaper, Tribuna Expresso, "I'm fine, given the circumstances".

Williams launched into a tirade of abuse directed at umpire Carlos Ramos, calling the official a "liar" and a "thief", then later accusing him of sexism, after he penalized her for on-court infractions. "I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose", Williams told Ramos in a breathless rage.

With the new deal, reports suggest Osaka could climb the Forbes ladder to become the second-highest paid player of 2018, ahead of Caroline Wozniacki but just behind Williams, but she will have to go some way to matching the all-time tennis great.


The WTA and USTA appeared to support Williams after her outbursts in a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka. Eventually, Williams called Ramos "a thief", drawing the third violation for "verbal abuse" - and costing her a game, putting Osaka ahead 5-3.

Williams, who was under the impression the first violation had been rescinded, returned to Ramos to seek an apology for saying she had received coaching earlier. Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight is being called a racist and sexist for his portrayal of Williams, showing her stomping on the court in the manner of a toddler in the throws of a temper tantrum.

Most of those criticisms - largely made by men - were valid, but they chose to ignore Williams' experience as a black woman.

Those double standards and discrimination is something Williams has experienced her entire career, despite possibly being the best tennis player to ever play the game. "If it's like this, let me know". Umpires are discussing whether they could take action to stand up for their profession.

"Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings", she added.

One of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time divided tennis and triggered a debate about sexism in the sport, fuelled by Williams's assertion that Ramos would not have dealt with a male player in the same way. I really don't. I think men and women are treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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