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Tennis umpires are considering boycotting future matches of Serena Williams after her outburst against gold-badge official Carlos Ramos during the US Open final.

Williams was found guilty of code violations and fined US$17,000 - raising allegations that there are double standards for male and female players.

The 36-year-old, who was chasing a record-equalling 24th grand slam title, received further punishment after verbally abusing the umpire, calling him a "thief" and a "liar" in a heated exchange that went on for some time.

The 23-time Grand Slam singles victor, one away from tying Margaret Court's record for women or men, claimed that Ramos would not have treated a male player in such a harsh manner.

If Williams had any decency or integrity to the causes she champions, for being a leading light for women not just in sports but worldwide, she would apologize to the woman from whom she stole a precious moment in her career.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF), which on Monday issued a statement describing Ramos as one of the most respected umpires in tennis, has appointed him to officiate the semi-final of the Davis Cup, the international men's team event, between Croatia and the United States. However, that show of support reportedly was too slow in the making to mollify the umpires' colleagues.

The umpires feel that Ramos was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it".


The ugly incident reduced Osaka to tears, with NY fans launching into a continual chorus of boos after Williams demanded an apology from Ramos after he penalised her for being coached from the stands before branding him a "thief" for treating her differently to male players.

One source, who has been privy to some of the discussions, said: "Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies".

An anonymous senior umpire told the Guardian that the community, which is not supposed to talk to the press, is considering forming a union over what happened.

DailyMail.com 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. And the judge at the heart of the controversy, chair umpire Carlos Ramos, has said only that he is "fine" and is in a "delicate position". "Do not worry about me!" He accepted the charge later but added that he didn't think Williams looked at her. "And I think for Ramos, he was a little defensive at that point, and was fed up as opposed to saying, 'OK, let's get back to business'". We watch the guys do this all the time.

King criticised Serena's lack of sportsmanship, but also said that Ramos was to blame for inflaming the situation.

"I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a Grand Slam final", Djokovic said in the aftermath of his US Open victory against Juan Martin del Potro.



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