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Serena Williams row: Tennis umpires mulling boycott of matches involving American star

Serena Williams looks at her box during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka of Japan Saturday Sept. 8 2018 in New York Serena Williams row: Tennis umpires mulling boycott of matches involving American star
Shannon Reynolds | 13 September, 2018, 02:31

She was then docked a point for a second violation after smashing her racket, followed by a penalty in which she lost a game because of "verbal abuse" of the chair umpire. The character was the biggest issue here, this is a human being you're talking to. "We do not believe that this was done".

"The point is he (Ramos) aggravated the situation, instead of "I'm not attacking your character" which is the most important thing he could have said".

"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", Osaka told Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday.

According to McEnroe, Ramos should not have given Williams a violation for breaking her racquet and should have warned her early on about what would happen if she did not move on.

Williams's critics, though, including 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova, have slammed Williams for her outburst.

Belarusian player Victoria Azarenka, commenting on the coaching issue, said it bothers her to have inconsistent rules.

Ramos, who told the newspaper that he had avoided walking the streets of NY on Sunday to avoid any "complicated situations", confirmed that he would be back in the chair on Friday after the ITF appointed him to officiate the semi-final of the Davis Cup, the worldwide men's team event, between Croatia and the United States. Today it ran the cartoon again, this time on the front cover, along with depictions of more public figures, with commentary alongside each one about why "self-appointed censors" might not want to see them. It exists, let's not beat around the bush about it. "If Saturday's high drama precipitates changes in the way coaches can speak to their player, some good would come from it", Becker opined.

"He is a guy that all the other umpires look up to because he is strong, consistently strong".

There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board.
"It has sparked an interesting debate".

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"Whoever watched that match that night, you feel for Naomi Osaka".

"No one was saying she was a good sport, if they are they're insane", added King.

"She worked so hard for it her whole life".

The report also cited an anonymous source who said officials were considering a boycott of future matches involving Williams.

"But in her protests... she also got part of it wrong".

Keothavong believes the way tennis players have reacted to the match has been "really noticeable". She gives to this sport a lot.

Williams was given a code violation warning during the final on September 8 when the umpire ruled that she was getting hand signals from her coach in the stands.

But a retired judge has spoken more to the situation.

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