Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Tennis Umpires Fear 'No One Has Their Back' After Serena Williams Controversy

Tennis Umpires Fear 'No One Has Their Back' After Serena Williams Controversy

Asked to address the disparity in Williams' fines and Roger Federer's $1,500 fine for an expletive-laden outburst during the 2009 U.S. Open men's final, Adams said the fines are up to the discretion of the grand slam administrator, not the USTA.

The number-one-world ranked athlete threw a veritable temper tantrum on the court Saturday, which began when she incurred a penalty and escalated as she was penalized further by umpire Carlos Ramos for her behaviour.

But lately - as shown by a recent spate of worldwide sporting squabbles, from Nike's Colin Kaepernick ad to the Serena Williams saga - this ideal of apolitical sport has slowly revealed itself to be a luxury of a select few, a privilege only afforded to those who have benefited from the rules set by society - and sport's - increasingly outdated institutions. ". Obviously Naomi deserved to win and she played wonderful", Curry said.

While Williams was immediately backed by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and hailed as a hero by countless feminists and the establishment media, Ramos kept quiet, as International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules bar umpires from commenting on their matches.

The American was given three code violations for: on-court coaching, smashing her racket and verbally abusing umpire Carlos Ramos, all of which resulted in her receiving a $17,000 (£13,000) fine.

'But if you were talking about my tennis, I think my tennis is not very Japanese'. I have never cheated in my life!

But it seems as she had been preparing for the moment for a long time.


According to the source, umpires are reportedly discussing the option of refusing match assignments that involve Williams until she apologises to Ramos for calling him a "liar" and "thief". For me, it blows my mind, but I'm going to continue to fight for women. "But in my mind, I really wanted to know what was going on".

Most of those criticisms - largely made by men - were valid, but they chose to ignore Williams' experience as a black woman.

"They are always with their dogs behind, their team", she said.

One of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time divided tennis and triggered a debate about sexism in the sport, fuelled by Williams's assertion that Ramos would not have dealt with a male player in the same way.

A video emerged on Twitter yesterday of a young Osaka setting up a "chopstick competition" with her older sister Mari, where the aim was to see who could place 10 beans into a bowl and then take it out the quickest - with chopsticks!

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

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