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Tennis umpires reportedly considering a boycott of Serena Williams' matches

Monica Otayza
Sep 13, 2018
07:51 A.M.
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World tennis champion Serena Williams may experience boycotts from umpires after her outrage towards Carlos Ramos in the US Open Final. Williams dragged in sexism as an issue when really, her behavior was just uncalled for.

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Just this month, the sports media was sprawling with news about Serena Williams’ behavior during the US Open Final. This uncalled-for behavior did not please Tennis umpires as it displayed a lack of sportsmanship and respect for Carlos Ramos’ violation calls. They are as one in thinking about boycotting the future matches of Williams.

In the world of sports, it is essential that one learns the value of sportsmanship, especially a world-class athlete. This comes with respecting the decision of those authorized to call out violations. Carlos Ramos, chair umpire was simply doing his job when Serena Williams contested that his calls were false.

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Williams also said that the calls were based on ‘sexism’ instead of fair play. The tennis athlete’s accusations were caught on camera as she pointed and yelled at Ramos, calling him a "thief."

However, many officials also backed Serena Williams up after her tantrum display, which dismayed the Umpires. One of those who sided with Williams was Katrina Adams, USTA president.

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In the modern age, sexism is not as frequent as it was years back. Hence, feminist ideals may be more “out there.” It is no wonder that some people may rush to side with Williams as they value equality between gender as well. However, several umpires think otherwise and anonymously said that boycotting Williams future matches is a consideration.

Umpires are not allowed to directly speak to media, yet word traveled through a retired ump. No one likes being called out for doing their job like Ramos was, and any one of them could be next.

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The controversy occurred during the US Open final match between 20-year-old Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, when she was given several court violations for breaking her racket, allegedly receiving hand signals from her coach, and then for verbal abuse against the umpire.

During the match, Serena made herself clear:

"I don't cheat to win, I'd rather lose. I'm just letting you know."

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