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Umpires threaten to boycott Serena Williams after US Open outburst

13 September 2018

She was one of the main reasons that tennis chose to investigate video replay technology on the courts after several bad calls went against her in the 2004 US Open quarterfinals, she has been described as "scary" to look at by the president of the Russian Tennis Federation, she has been handed penalties that wouldn't otherwise have been given to men.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) also supported Williams' claims, while Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA and victor of 12 grand slam singles titles, told CNN Tuesday that though Williams was "out of line", Ramos had aggravated the situation.

"Ramos is tough, one of the best umpires in the world. Will the rules change in Serena's matches?". She said on Tuesday both sides shared the blame for the incident.

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", Ramos told the Expresso, according to the Associated Press.

In a story that has transcended sports and become one of the biggest headlines in the country, Serena Williams supposed "screwjob" at the U.S. Open has turned into a much more complicated issue than simply an inquiry into the obscure rules of sportsmanship in the sport of tennis. "You owe me an apology".

When the violation was announced Williams approached Ramos to insist she never takes coaching and would rather lose than "cheat to win". 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. This is not the first time she has been in trouble for her interactions with officials.

Umpires could refuse to accept the chair when Williams competes, but would call off the apparent protest if Williams apologises for her remarks.

Osaka was seen crying during the ceremony, and Williams appeared to lean over and say something in her ear, presumably to console her. Calling him a "thief" reportedly earned her a full game penalty. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality".

"I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing".

'Because it was my first final and my first Grand Slam victory, overall I felt really happy and I know that I accomplished a lot.

"For umpires being women or men doesn't matter". Umpires are discussing whether they could take action to stand up for their profession.

Coming to his defense was the International Tennis Federation, which in a tweet hailed his professionalism.

"It's unusual because that's an individual sport, but I got used to it".