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Tennis umpires considering boycotting Serena Williams matches

15 September 2018

U.S. Tennis Association President Katrina Adams issued a statement praising Williams as a "true champion" on Saturday and told "CBS This Morning" Tuesday that she believes there is a double standard when it comes to how female and male tennis players are treated. Her total earnings from the controversial match amounted to $3.8 million.

Williams was defeated in a 6-2, 6-4 loss against Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open Women's Final.

Last Sunday, during the US Open, Serena encountered an incident that has left the world divided on women's rights, equal treatment and our general disregard for strong women - a fact that I shall not tire to belabour.

Osaka also admitted that she had no idea what was truly happening between Serena and the umpire, because she was taught to turn her back and stay focused when competitors confront the officials. "I really wasn't paying attention", Tiafoe said. She was called emotional, her rage labelled a meltdown, a tantrum.

Make no mistake, Serena Williams is a force to be reckoned with.

Williams smashed her racquet, breaking it, bringing about her second violation for racquet abuse, resulting in a point penalty.

Williams received three code violations - on-court coaching (first offence, warning), racket abuse (second offence, point penalty) and verbal abuse (third offence, game penalty) - as she unravelled in the second set, branding umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" and a "liar". "In a situation where we know Serena is unbelievable; she's iconic; and we know that Carlos is there because he's worthy of being there for those matches. There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things, and because they are men, that doesn't happen to them", Williams said to the umpire, Fox News reported.

Although the International Tennis Federation (ITF) had come to Ramos' defense, saying that his decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules.

She described Williams' behavior on court as "out of line". Williams claimed Ramos' actions in NY were "sexist" but speaking to BBC Sport yesterday, US Open mixed-doubles champion Murray said: "I think that's a bit far-fetched".

Sadly, in what should have been a triumphant moment for Naomi Osaka-becoming the first U.S. Open victor from Japan-we got a playbook of leadership faults to learn from.

Tennis umpires considering boycotting Serena Williams matches