Serena Williams' US Open meltdown was 'bulls--t': rival

Tennis Umpires Are Reportedly Considering Boycott of Serena Williams Matches After US Open Incident

Beyond her unprecedented success in tennis, Serena has also come out strongly as a women's rights activist. Without a doubt, she is a leader in women's tennis.

Umpire Carlos Ramos has made his first public statement since his disputed calls at the U.S. Open final Saturday.

Mouratoglou admitted to coaching Williams from the stands but claimed that everyone does it. The umpire counted that as the second offence and denied her a point.

Soon after, Williams lost her cool in a way worthy of famous tennis hothead John McEnroe. (Makes you wonder; why do you need a coach if you can't get coached on the court?).

One of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time divided tennis and triggered a debate about sexism in the sport, fuelled by Williams's assertion that Ramos would not have dealt with a male player in the same way.

The 20-year-old melted hearts when she broke down sobbing after thrashing her idol 6-2, 6-4 to become Japan's first Grand Slam singles champion in NY last weekend. "Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules...."

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

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In the wake of the controversy, both the USTA and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) backed Williams.

At Flushing Meadows on Saturday, the 20-year-old was reduced to tears during the presentation ceremony but on her arrival back in Japan on Thursday, she said she had not been saddened by the incident. In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should be engaging in on the court ...

We nearly never make good choices when we act in haste and anger.

"He did what he had to do in that match, because she overcame the limit".

In believing that her greater cause has merit, she seems to be conveniently overlooking her actions in the moment. "In a situation where we know Serena is unbelievable; she's iconic; and we know that Carlos is there because he's worthy of being there for those matches". The U.S. Tennis Association has hung Ramos out to dry, prompting an angry backlash from other referees who are threatening to form a union.

Seeing this, Serena furiously called the umpire "a thief", causing him to list that as the third offence, "verbal abuse".

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