Tennis Umpires Considering Boycott of Serena Williams' Matches After US Open Meltdown

Tennis Umpires Considering Boycott of Serena Williams' Matches After US Open Meltdown

You may have seen it on your favourite athlete's Instagram comments, under a Facebook post from that news organisation you love to hate, or in the deepest recesses of Reddit message boards. It has become a slogan of sorts for a certain brand of traditional sports fan - a plea to keep sports free from our increasingly fractured and politicised atmosphere. Will rules change in Serena's matches? We just made life hard for umpires everywhere.

Williams ultimately lost the match to Naomi Osaka with a score of 6-2, 6-4. She briefly disputed that ruling, saying cheating "is the one thing I've never done, ever" - although afterward, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, acknowledged he was trying to send Williams a signal.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", his statement said. "But other than that, if you were talking about my tennis, I think my tennis is very, not very Japanese", Osaka said Wednesday. Viewers could not have guessed that she won by looking at her crestfallen, teary-eyed expression throughout the immediate aftermath of the match.

The 36-year-old had already had a point penalty for smashing her racquet and a code violation for coaching when she was penalised further for calling Ramos a "thief" and a "liar" in NY. Ramos penalized her a game for verbal abuse, something virtually unheard of in such an important match. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff". Calling him a "thief" reportedly earned her a full game penalty. "I'm not going to say, 'Oh, I can't draw that because that's a no-go area.' What does that say about the way the world's going?" Umpires are discussing whether they could take action to stand up for their profession. For me, it blows my mind.

Tony Finau added to U.S. Ryder Cup team as captain’s pick
All the emotions that come with accomplishing something like that ... man, it's a dream come true for me. Xander Schauffele , considered the biggest challenger to Finau for the final berth, tied for third.

"Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings", she added. Everyone who has experienced discrimination can empathise with her passionate plea.

Strycova also claims that Williams, along with sister Venus, always gets on-court coaching.

The CEO of USTA, the governing body of tennis in the USA, was asked if she believes female players are held to different standards than men.

But her claims were soon undermined by statistics showing that there were 86 code violations handed out to male players at the US Open, and only 22 to women.

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