Monday, 10 December, 2018

Tennis Umpires reportedly considering Boycott of Serena Williams Matches

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Sergio Cook | 17 September, 2018, 10:31

"I really wasn't paying attention", Tiafoe said.

Osaka admits that she is superstitious with regards to the music she tunes in to before her matches. Mr Ramos is one of the most experienced umpires on the tour and has many championship matches under his belt.

The Japanese star defeated her childhood hero 6-2 6-4 in a highly controversial match which stunned tennis fans around the world.

"She played an fantastic match", Serena said of Osaka. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff".

The 23-time Grand Slam victor lost her cool during the final against Osaka, accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism after receiving three code violations.

But after returning to Japan on Thursday, Osaka insisted there were no hard feelings towards Williams, who branded umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" in an astonishing tantrum triggered by a code violation for coaching that culminated in a docked game. It's doubtful that this month's Grand Slam trophy will be the last that she holds aloft. Her father became inspired to expose Naomi, and her older sister Mari, to tennis, after watching the Williams sisters at the 1999 French Open. The WTA defense surprised me.

There were messages of support for Serena, as well as those condemning her behavior and agreeing with the umpire's calls.

"I always knew this would come back to haunt me", she said on Twitter.

She was later fined $17,000.

"It is understandable that this high profile and regrettable incident should provoke debate", it continued.

The tirade continued at every changeover after the penalty, becoming more heated each time. The club sold $62.4 million worth of shirts in 24 hours, gained over one million new followers on its social media channels, and its stock price increased over 40%, according to reports. "The people of Haiti would be honored to welcome Naomi for a visit to celebrate our first Grand Slam champion properly, and for Haitian youth to be inspired by somebody they can identify with", he said.

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Navratilova, 61, wrote: "We can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with". In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court ... "Thank you, Serena Williams, for calling out this double standard".

Naomi's tennis career is not only inspired by that of her idol but also eerily similar.

"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she said.

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