Tennis umpires considering boycotting Serena Williams matches

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Are there different standards for men and women in tennis? The USTA head says "yes"

However, the world's third-ranked men's player does not necessarily agree with the assessments of Williams and WTA chief executive Steve Simon that umpires treat women players differently from men.

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. Williams was later given a violation for smashing her racket, costing her a point.

Williams was "simply outplayed and lost her temper in a huge and ill-disciplined blow-up", the column said.

Williams, who has since been fined $17,000 by the United States Tennis Association for the violations, vigorously disputed each of them during the match. She added, "There have been many times when I was playing that I wanted to break my racket into a thousand pieces".

Billie Jean King is a former world number one player who founded the WTA.

"They are always with their gang behind, their team", Strycova said. "At the time, I did ... think that they were booing at me".

Williams doubled down after the match, believing that Ramos' docking her a game for verbal abuse was tantamount to sexism. He later admitted the offence, which is not allowed in the sport but is rarely punished. "Ramos, effectively, had no choice but to dock her a point", Navratilova said.

Ramos calmed the raucous crowd on several occasions and came down from his chair to check a few ball marks in the clay but otherwise had no impact on the match, which Cilic won in straight sets to give Croatia a 2-0 lead.

In the second set of Williams' match against Naomi Osaka, Ramos warned Williams for receiving coaching, which is against the rules in Grand Slam matches.

"Serena Williams has part of it right".

She also moved to excuse Williams' behaviour during an interview with ESPN the following day when she suggested Williams would not have expected her outburst towards Ramos to have been captured on live TV.

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he said. Williams protested verbally after the warning.

Another person identified as an "senior figure" told the Guardian that umpires felt Ramos was "hung out to dry" after the incident and that "no one is standing up for officials" amid reports that the incident is fueling talks of a boycott. Ings insisted that the "Umpires are just upset".

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