Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Tennis umpires considering boycotting Serena Williams matches

Tennis umpires considering boycotting Serena Williams matches

Barbora Strycova has rubbished Serena Williams' claim that her treatment by the umpire in the recent US Open final was sexist, and said she only started complaining because she was losing. He knows the rules and when he saw blatant, not "imperceptible", as Mr Chiu writes, hand signals from Ms Williams' coach, he was within his rights to give her a formal warning.

The tennis superstar sat down with The Sunday Project, an Australian news show, in an interview set to air next weekend - and she's not backing down from her position, despite her own coach now actually admitting otherwise. "I don't understand what he was talking about". It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses. I think it's an opportunity now for them to speak up on those technical issues like coaching - do they want it? "I don't think she looked at me, so that's why she didn't even think I was".

"I say it with sadness, but he is an umpire who scrutinises me more and who fixates on me more", Nadal said after the match.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion wasn't asked about gender equality in sports or an argument she had last weekend with the chair umpire at her U.S. Open finals match in NY during about 25 minutes onstage with Sarah Robb O'Hagan, chief executive of Flywheel Sports, at the National Retail Federation trade show.

Williams smashed her racquet, breaking it, bringing about her second violation for racquet abuse, resulting in a point penalty. At the 2016 French Open he accused the elder Williams of receiving coaching during a match, the same offence he penalised Serena for on Saturday.

"But to focus on that, I think, is missing the point". "I don't cheat! I didn't get coaching. I'd rather loose.... I'm just letting you know!"

There were messages of support for Serena, as well as those condemning her behavior and agreeing with the umpire's calls. She received an automatic game loss. It was about seeing one of the most extraordinary female athletes who has ever lived continuing to be great even after delivering a baby and long past the time when somebody in her profession would ever reasonably be expected to be in the finals of a major tournament. You are the liar.

"Don't you worry about me!" he added.

Ramos called three rules violations against Williams during the event.

She drew applause, praising Williams for calming a riled-up audience that booed the US Open outcome to refocus the moment on Osaka's victory. "I've seen a
lot of people get called for coaching before, and you might have a grumble and stuff, but you get on with it". "That's what it's all about".

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