Umpires 'could boycott Serena Williams matches' after US Open outburst

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Chair umpires are considering a coordinated effort to boycott any game that Serena Williams plays in the future to protest her treatment of the line judge during her loss on Saturday to Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open, according to USA Today.

Along with discussing what she'll do with her $3.8 million prize money, the two chatted about a moment we've all wanted to know more about: when Serena Williams whispered something in Osaka's ear once the final match was over.

After taking out the match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, Osaka and Williams appeared together for the trophy ceremony, during which audible boos erupted from the crowd. I really don't. I think men and women are treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation.

Ramos was "thrown to wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it", an anonymous official had told The Times.

Another person identified as an "senior figure" told the Guardian that umpires felt Ramos was "hung out to dry" after the incident and that "no one is standing up for officials" amid reports that the incident is fueling talks of a boycott.

Osaka became the first-ever Japanese-born Grand Slam champion on Sunday after her stunning defeat over the former World No.1.

DeGeneres assured the softly-spoken Osaka, who is only 20 and admitted in the past that Williams was her childhood hero, that she was a deserved victor of the tournament.

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Tennis great Billie Jean King backed the American but Margaret Court, whose major wins record Williams was trying to equal on Saturday, expressed little sympathy for her.

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", retired Gold Badge umpire Richard Ings said, according to ESPN's Peter Bodo. "And women are looked at as hysterical", King said.

Of his social-media commentators, he added: "I tried to reply to these people but they just don't listen".

In response to criticism from USA media and on social media channels, Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said, "A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that".

For the first time since the match, Ramos has spoken up, telling Tribuna Expresso in his native Portugal that "I'm fine, given the circumstances". "It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist". She angrily called Ramos a "thief," pointed out that she has never cheated, mentioned how she tries to set an example for her daughter and demanded an apology.

He is expected to be on duty as planned for this week's Davis Cup semi-final in Zadar where Croatia are hosting the United States.

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