US Open outburst: Umpires to boycott Serena's matches

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The experienced Portuguese official found himself at the centre of a storm after his officiating of the match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, which saw Williams accuse him of sexism after she was docked a game for receiving three code violations.

Afterwards, Williams suggested that Ramos and other umpires are tolerant of worse criticism from male players. The 23-time Grand Slam victor was later fined $17,000 for her behavior.

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The CEO of USTA, the governing body of tennis in the US, was asked if she believes female players are held to different standards than men. Williams told Ramos. "You owe me an apology". Viewers could not have guessed that she won by looking at her crestfallen, teary-eyed expression throughout the immediate aftermath of the match.

USTA president and CEO Katrina Adams was overheard apologizing to Ramos on the sidelines of Thursday's draw ceremony.

Portugese newspaper Tribuna Expresso reported that Ramos had avoided walking the streets of NY on Sunday to avoid any "complicated situations".

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"The big issue for umpires everywhere is the importance of the support of governing bodies when umpires are just out there doing their job and making decisions under rules which are given to them by those very governing bodies". Speaking on ESPN, McEnroe backed Serena, who called the chair umpire Carlos Ramos as a "thief".

"I felt a little bit sad, because I wasn't really sure if they were booing at me or if it wasn't the outcome that they wanted,"she said on the "Today" show this week". "It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist".

In the fallout of the incident, the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association both came out in support of Williams. "Don't you worry about me", the 47-year-old is quoted as saying in the newspaper.

Ramos will return to the chair on Friday, officiating the men's semi-final of the Davis Cup, he confirmed.

The umpiring community also had Ramos' back, as they have threatened to boycott Williams' matches. "They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls".

As the International Tennis Federation and Ramos' fellow umpires leapt to his defence, citing the $17,000 in fines that officials levied against Williams as proof of his competency, Simon joined tennis icon Billie Jean King in applauding Williams for bringing officiating hypocrisy to light.

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