Umpires reportedly considering Boycott of Serena Williams Matches


Tennis umpire Carlos Ramos has lifted the lid on Serena Williams post-match accusation of sexism.

Steve Simon, chief executive of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), which runs the women's tour, suggested Williams had been treated unfairly.

Remarkably, Ramos will make a swift return to the umpire chair as he will officiate the Davis Cup clash between the United States and Croatia in what can be considered a questionable appointment given the various criticism the Portuguese has received over the last few days. She then had a heated argument with Ramos, which cost her a game.

The umpire at the centre of the Williams controversy insists he is fine - and says it is not possible to umpire a tennis match "a la carte".

I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and wants to express themselves and want to be a strong woman.
When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" and there are no repercussions. "More voices are needed to do the same". "She is going for her first Grand Slam title, grew up in NY, that was her moment", she added. He also refrained from going out the day after the final to avoid problems, according to the report.

"It's sad for the sport when a player tries to become bigger than the rules".

At the 2016 French Open Venus Williams was also angered to receive a code violation for supposedly communicating with her coach.

"I have never cheated in my life!"

"Serena was out of line, there's no question, no one's saying she was a good sport", King said. "If he had said "I'm not attacking your character", everything would have been different". Williams demanded to speak to the tournament referee after the final decision, but it was not overturned.

The American later said it was "sexist" to have been penalised a game.

Umpire Christian Rask was also criticised after he gave Frenchwoman Alize Cornet a code violation for removing her shirt on court after she realised she had put it on back-to-front in the locker room during a mid-match heat break. Serena is a great champion and she is the one we are looking at - not Ramos and Patrick. While the USTA issued a statement saying that all players could change their shirts at their chair, former ATP VP Richard Ings, who did not name a source, said that umpires had been specifically told before the tournament began that female players could not change attire on the court.

Ramos wasn't the only umpire under fire in the final Grand Slam of the year.

"The decisions made by Ramos had nothing to do with sexism or racism". reached out to the ITF about Ramos' interview, asking if he would be punished or fined, and a rep for the agency said that they were not in a position to comment on the matter but someone would be in contact.