Serena Williams' Fitness Coach Defends Her After Controversial US Open Outburst

13 September, 2018, 13:53 | Author: Elena Meyer
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Naomi Osaka said Serena Williams's row with the umpire during the U.S. Open final had not altered her feelings about winning a Grand Slam largely because she had no idea how she was supposed to react, the Japanese said on Thursday. Gold badge umpire Richard Ings told ESPN that the umpire fraternity is "thoroughly disturbed" by how they have been treated in this situation.

Meanwhile, tennis umpires are also considering forming a union as they feel no one is standing up for them.

Williams even went on to call Ramos "a thief" and told the US Open supervisor that she had received the code violations "because I'm a woman".

Umpires are reportedly considering a boycott of future Serena Williams tennis matches, according to an anonymous source in The Times.

"There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials", the official said.

It featured the American player stomping a racquet in frustration, while in the back the on-field umpire is seen asking Osaka, "Can you just let her win".

Williams was facing Japanese worldwide Naomi Osaka in the final of the US Open on Saturday, as the American was chasing a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam title.

The six-time US Open champion, who eventually lost the match 6-2, 6-4, was fined US$17,000 (S$23,400) by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for her outburst.

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"I'm fine, given the circumstances", Carlos Ramos told Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso.

Though many were outraged with the cartoon, a number of individuals agreed with the message of the illustration and stated that Williams's attitude in the tennis court was deplorable. "It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist".

The International Tennis Federation has defended Ramos for his actions during the final.

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

"Growing up, my dad drove a Nissan, so being able to be a brand ambassador now, it feels like I've come full circle", Osaka said at a contract signing event at Nissan's headquarters in Yokohama.

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

Ramos will next umpire at the U.S. -Croatia Davis Cup semi-final in Zadar, Croatia this weekend.

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