Umpire Breaks His Silence Amid Serena Williams' Sexism Accusations Over Controversial Calls


Naomi Osaka said on Thursday Serena Williams's row with the umpire during the US Open final had not altered her feelings about winning a Grand Slam, largely because she had no idea how she was supposed to react.

Umpires could refuse to accept the chair when Williams competes, but would call off the apparent protest if Williams apologises for her remarks. Amid the crowd booing, Williams tried to reassure the new champion that the boos were not aimed at her. "I don't cheat to win - I'd rather lose", she said.

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. Now, a more detailed analysis of the past 20 years of grand-slam events has revealed a long-term split of 1,534 to 526.

Many people, looking at Serena Williams's actions during the US Open women's final last week, remembered of John McEnroe who often argued with umpires during his career. Williams received warnings for receiving coaching and breaking a racket, before she was docked a game for calling Ramos a "thief".

She also called Ramos a "thief" for taking a point from her. Williams, clearly unhappy with the ruling, went on to berate Ramos for his judgment, repeatedly demanding that he apologize for branding her a cheater. It was at this point that Ramos called a code violation for verbal abuse. "But other than that, if you were talking about my tennis, I think my tennis is very, not very Japanese", Osaka said Wednesday.

"But in my mind, I was sort of, I really wanted to know what was going on".

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Serena Williams of the United States yells at chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Sept. 8, 2018.

Ramos has since spoken out about the backlash via Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.

Ramos slapped Williams with several penalties with accompanying fines totaling $17,000 after she asserted herself and challenged the umpire for saying she was being coached during the game. "Don't worry about me".

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".

He also chose to stay indoors the day after to avoid any angry fans.

Ramos is scheduled to umpire matches in the Davis Cup, which starts in Croatia on September 14.