Murray rejects Williams' sexism claims against Carlos Ramos

Annette Crawford
September 14, 2018

According to The Times of London, tennis' top umpires are considering a boycott of future matches involving Williams.

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. Their match on Saturday was characterised by chaos, though, and some in the crowd in NY booed during the trophy ceremony. "She said was proud of me and to know the crowd weren't booing at me".

"I don't really think too much about my identity or whatever", she said when asked what she thinks of overseas media reporting about her Japanese roots.

In becoming her country's first ever Grand Slam singles champion, Osaka, the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother, is also helping break new ground in Japan as her biracial identity challenges the country's self-image as a racially homogenous society.

Watching the women's final between Williams and Naomi Osaka from his Atlanta home, Aaron saw Williams react angrily when chair umpire Carlos Ramos warned her about receiving coaching, something that happens commonly in tennis but is rarely sanctioned. She later smashed her racket on the court, resulting in a point penalty and more choice words for Ramos.

Williams went on to allege that male players were treated more favourably than female players.

Ramos called three rules violations against Williams during the event. Williams was already down, and ultimately lost the final. "I'm not going to say, 'Oh, I can't draw that because that's a no-go area.' What does that say about the way the world's going?"

Ramos came under fire from prominent figures in the world of tennis, including Billie Jean King, while the WTA also backed Williams' claims of sexism.

After Ramos had to be escorted off court, Williams used her post-match press conference to suggest that men avoid such punishment for similar on-court behaviour.

Speaking to Tribuna Expresso earlier this week in his native country, Ramos indicated he was at peace with his decisions because he didn't pick and choose when to apply the rule book. Williams told Ramos. "You owe me an apology".

"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist". "Don't you worry about me!"

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he said. The umpire stayed at his house for several days after the final to avoid problems.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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