Tennis umpires reportedly mulling boycotting Serena Williams matches after US Open flap

Martina Navratilova had some issues with the Serena Williams meltdown. Pic GettyMore

Martina Navratilova had some issues with the Serena Williams meltdown. Pic GettyMore

During her upset loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka, Williams argued with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, and was first warned, then penalized a point, then a game.

At just 20 years old, The New Yorker has called her the "next best tennis player In the world", and her "precise and powerful serve" has had entire articles dedicated to deconstructing it.

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. "We do not believe that this was done last night", CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.

However her latest comments about Ramos have now been slammed.

After accusing Ramos of being "a thief for stealing a point from me", she was docked a game. "And women are looked at as hysterical", King said. When a man does the same, he's "outspoken" and there are no repercussions.

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For what was Serena Williams penalised? "More voices are needed to do the same".

"No one was saying she was a good sport, if they are they're insane", added King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles.

He also made a decision to stay indoors the day after to avoid any angry fans.

"It's sad for the sport when a player tries to become bigger than the rules".

The Times of London reports that officials are not only talking about boycotting the tennis star's matches, but they're also looking into forming a union. It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses. He later admitted the offence, which is not allowed in the sport but is rarely punished.

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"She worked so hard for it her whole life".

The umpire at the centre of the Williams controversy insists he is fine - and says it is not possible to umpire a tennis match "a la carte". The third code violation resulted in a game penalty for Williams.

Many online users said that Williams was treated unfairly since many male athletes in their field did not reportedly experience the same sanctions as the American tennis player.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) were among those to back Williams in the aftermath of her outburst.

"'I'm not attacking your character, ' is the most important thing he could have said", King told CNN. "She's right about the guys being held to a different standard, there's no question".

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Another unusual thing to come out of this whole furore is Ramos' low pay - former top umpire Richard Ings tweeted that the Portuguese would've earned only $450 (about R6 788) for the final, which is the standard daily rate of the US Tennis Association...

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