Tennis Umpires Considering Boycott of Serena Williams' Matches After US Open Meltdown

Serena Williams looks at her box during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka of Japan Saturday Sept. 8 2018 in New York

Serena Williams sparks sexism debate; tennis star fined $17G

While Amul is slammed in India, an Australian newspaper has come under fire for publishing a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams.

Williams was beaten in the US Open final on Saturday by Japan's Naomi Osaka in straight sets.

Count US Open men's champion Novak Djokovic among those who believe chair umpire Carlos Ramos went too far in issuing three rules violations against Serena Williams in the women's final. "There is a huge double standard for women when it comes to how bad behavior is punished - and not just in tennis", Navratilova said. Williams took offense to the referee's accusation that she would cheat.

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His appearance could prove awkward after several figures from the US Tennis Association, including president Katrina Adams, publicly supported Williams in her sexism allegations.

During a changeover, Williams resumed her argument with the umpire, this time saying he was attacking her character and was a "thief". Williams was later given a violation for smashing her racket, costing her a point.

After being handed a code violation for coaching earlier in the set, Williams told Ramos: "You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live". That triggered a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty that gave Osaka a 5-3 lead.

Serena Williams talks with chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Naomi Osaka of Japan Saturday Sept. 8 2018 in New York
Serena Williams fined $17K adding insult to sexist injury

The former World No.1 has softened her initial stance on the controversy, saying Serena was "totally out of line" when she vehemently disputed calls by chair umpire Carlos Ramos during Sunday's final.

"If talking to the media is not allowed, and governing bodies are speaking out against them, what are umpires supposed to do?" another source said.

"I felt like he blew it", said King.

Ramos, 47, was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it", one anonymous umpire told the English paper.

"At the time I did kinda think they were booing at me".

The umpires are now allegedly putting forth a united front to stick it to a woman who is already being hammered online by white news outlets, including one that portrayed Williams' as a tantrum-throwing Sambo looking baby with oversized lips and grotesque facial features.

At the press conference after the match, Williams said that the umpire's sanctions were an act of sexism, according to CNN.

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