Umpires threaten to boycott Serena Williams after US Open outburst

Are there different standards for men and women in tennis? The USTA head says

Are there different standards for men and women in tennis? The USTA head says "yes"

Rallying in support of the 23-time Grand Slam champion, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on Monday called for the equal treatment of all tennis players, male or female.

"There's no one more experienced, no one more knowledgeable, no one more capable as an umpire than Carlos Ramos. Will the rules change in Serena's matches?".

For the first time since the match, Ramos has spoken up, telling Tribuna Expresso in his native Portugal that "I'm fine, given the circumstances".

Williams, who was seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title on Saturday, was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Osaka.

"When you're little you're taught not to look at if your opponent gets angry, you're told to just turn around and try to focus, so I tried to do that", Osaka said.

A few games later, Williams received another warning, this time for smashing her racket, and that second violation automatically cost her a point, leading to more arguing.

Osaka, 20, of Japan, said that Williams, 36, told her she was proud of her.

That anger would later cost her the game, and ultimately the match - although Osaka was clearly the better player on the night and would've probably taken out the match regardless. When she called chair umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief", demanded an apology and grew emotional as she said she never cheats and wants to set an example for her daughter, he docked her a game at a critical juncture. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff".

The American claimed it was "sexist" and her view was endorsed by former champion Billie-Jean King, who said there was a "double standard".

The verbal abuse violation came after Williams took shots at him, calling him a "liar" and a "thief". There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things, and because they are men, that doesn't happen to them.

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".

Britain's Jamie Murray has rejected claims of men being treated more leniently than women by umpires.

"It's unusual because that's an individual sport, but I got used to it". "The fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and wants to express themselves and wants to be strong woman".

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