Tennis Umpires Mulling Boycott Of Serena Williams Matches
Sep 14 2018
As for why she felt the need to apologize for winning, well, Osaka still isn't sure.
"At the end of the day, I hope everybody understands and celebrates Naomi because she's the US Open champion and that's pretty dope."
Despite collecting just $62,000 between June 2017 and June 2018 due to a break to have her daughter Olympia, Williams earned $18.1 million to be the world's top-earning female athlete thanks to a lucrative endorsement portfolio.
"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he told the publication.
But Murray said of the sexism claims: "I think that's a bit far-fetched".
For her part, Osaka is not thinking too much about how her identity is perceived. She became the first ever Japanese player to ever win the Grand Slam final.
The U.S. Open chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, called three violations against Williams during the U.S. Open Final, a match that ultimately ended in Williams' defeat to Naomi Osaka of Japan.
It was business as usual until the second set when, per CBS Sports, "Williams was given a warning from Ramos after the umpire determined her coach was attempting to instruct her using hand signals, which results in code violation". "You're told to just turn around and try to focus, so I tried to do that, but in my mind I was sort of...like, I really wanted to know what was going on". Ramos penalized her a game for verbal abuse, something virtually unheard of in such an important match.
"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she said.
"When you're little, you're taught not to look at, like, if your opponent gets angry or anything", Osaka explained on the show. "We have to treat each other fairly and the same".
While Williams was immediately backed by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and hailed as a hero by countless feminists and the establishment media, Ramos kept quiet, as International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules bar umpires from commenting on their matches. And the judge at the heart of the controversy, chair umpireCarlos Ramos, has said only that he is "fine" and is in a "delicate position". "Don't worry about me".
The newspaper said Ramos received hundreds of messages of support from family, colleagues, players and former players.