Umpires Threaten To Boycott Serena Williams’ Matches After US Open Final
After this weekend’s emotional and controversial U.S. Open Match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, tennis umpires are reportedly threatening to boycott Serena’s matches, by refusing to officiate them.
In case you missed it, during the course of her match, Williams called the officiant Carlos Ramos a thief after he penalized her by taking a game from her after he accused her of cheating, by receiving coaching from her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. She received other violations for racket and verbal abuse.
In press conferences after the event, Williams claimed that Ramos’ actions were motivated by sexism considering other male tennis players do and say similar things.
In the wake of her actions, The Times of London reported that umpires are debating whether or not to boycott Williams’ matches.
An official told The Times umpires felt “not supported” by the United States Tennis Association, who backed Williams after the match. Umpires felt Ramos was “thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it.”
In defense of Serena, the US Open Tennis association released a statement saying:
But the International Tennis Federation sided with Ramos. They also released a statement.
Richard Ings, a former umpire, said that other officials are considering boycotting Ramos because, “They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos. They feel that no once has their back when they have to make unpopular calls.”
There are few other people who had thoughts about the boycott, including former ESPN correspondent Jemele Hill. See what they had to say on the following pages.