US Open outburst: Umpires to boycott Serena's matches

Serena Williams berates umpire at US Open

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Photo/Julio CortezChair umpire Carlos Ramos is led off court after the US Open final, which Serena Williams lost.

Williams' behaviour divided the tennis world after she called the chair umpire a "liar" and a "thief" and said he treated her differently than male players during her loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan. He called it "an unhappy situation" and said he followed the rules of tennis. "Don't you worry about me!"

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

Later this week, it was no longer only Williams and Ramos being criticized for their conduct, but also an Australian cartoonist for his depiction of the incident.

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

The US Open's women's finals on Saturday took a political turn when second place finisher Serena Williams went apoplectic over controversial calls against her by umpire Carlos Ramos, whom she absurdly smeared as a sexist.

The International Tennis Federation, meanwhile, defended 47-year-old Ramos and said he acted "at all times with professionalism and integrity".

"The decisions made by Ramos had nothing to do with sexism or racism".

Fresh from pocketing a $3.8 million check from winning the US Open on Saturday, Osaka is now set to pen a clothing deal with the German sports manufacturing giant that could see her take on Williams, the woman she defeated to win the title, for her Forbes number one highest-paid female athlete ranking.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA), however, supported Williams' accusations that Ramos' actions were based in sexism. She said on Tuesday both sides shared the blame for the incident. On the contrary, he praised Williams for showing "grace and class" in a situation in which Naomi Osaka, the victor in two sets, was overshadowed. A Nissan North America spokeswoman confirmed in an email that the USA division does not now have plans to utilize her, adding that "the relationship is early and primarily a global one". Hai Do adapted it for VOA Learning English.

"We should not let her record, as glowing as it is, overshadow the fact that on this day, in this match Williams was wrong", Ings wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald.

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