Friday, 21 September, 2018

Tennis officials shaken by lack of support for chair umpire Carlos Ramos

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In The Times report, one anonymous official told the outlet about umpires building solidarity with each other against Williams, as they believe the United States Tennis Association sold out Ramos by not defending him against Williams' claims of sexism and insults during the match.

Ings, who was the director of officiating for the ATP Tour from 2001-2005, added: "It's great the ITF has put out a message of support but the WTA needs to do something to protect the interest of umpires and make sure players show respect to officials on court".

Meanwhile, tennis umpires are also considering forming a union as they feel no one is standing up for them.

Osaka, 20, shot to worldwide fame on Saturday when she defeated 36-year-old American Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows to become the first Japanese player to claim a Grand Slam singles crown.

Much of the criticism of Williams has centred on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologise for beating the home favourite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos.

"There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials", the official said.

Japanese tennis legend Kimiko Date told AFP it made her "heart ache" to see Osaka reduced to tears and unable to savour her moment of glory.

In response, umpires are reportedly threatening to boycott Williams' matches, as they feel that Ramos is being unfairly criticized for his conduct during the match, according to The Times of London.

US Open champion Naomi Osaka was a guest on The Ellen Show and got to banter with host Ellen Degeneres.

The match was however blighted after Williams lost her cool on the court when she was given a code violation for on-court coaching.

Chair umpires took centre stage at Flushing Meadows this year, more than at any other tournament in recent memory, and culminated with Serena Williams being reduced to tears at her treatment in the women's final.

"Hi, I'm Naomi", she started to say at the beginning of her victory speech.

If the monster contract goes through, it would be the biggest deal the apparel giant has ever given to a female tennis player and could propel Osaka up the ranks on Forbes' 2018 list of highest paid female athletes, which Williams now leads. Even the International Tennis Federation (ITF), which stood by the judges, waited 48 hours before announcing a position.

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". The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has also weighed in, offering its backing to Williams, with chief executive Steve Simon saying different standards of tolerance exist for men and women.

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