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Are there different standards for men and women in tennis? The USTA head says Tennis umpires reportedly mulling boycotting Serena Williams matches after US Open flap
Cary Erickson | 13 September, 2018, 22:39

Williams has split opinion around the world with her behaviour during the straight-sets defeat to Naomi Osaka.

The Women's Tennis Association also backed Williams, with their CEO Steve Simon saying, "The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men versus women".

The number-one-world ranked athlete threw a veritable temper tantrum on the court Saturday, which began when she incurred a penalty and escalated as she was penalized further by umpire Carlos Ramos for her behaviour. "He did change the course of the match".

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", Ramos said, according to the newspaper.

With Williams trailing Naomi Osaka 1-0 in the second set of Sunday's eventual 6-2, 6-4 loss, Ramos issued the six-time US Open champion a warning for allegedly receiving signals from her coach. "Don't you worry about me!"

"In comparison, I never saw (Rafael) Nadal shouting like that with an umpire". Williams, clearly unhappy with the ruling, went on to berate Ramos for his judgment, repeatedly demanding that he apologize for branding her a cheater.

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Umpires could refuse to accept the chair when Williams competes, but would call off the apparent protest if Williams apologises for her remarks.

In becoming her country's first ever Grand Slam singles champion, Osaka, the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother, is also helping break new ground in Japan as her biracial identity challenges the country's self-image as a racially homogenous society.

The move could be smart business from Adidas, pitting the younger Osaka against the 36-year-old Williams, who is one of the most prominent faces of rivals Nike, and who will have no doubt lost some public favor after her shocking outburst during their match. The 23-time Grand Slam victor was later fined $17,000 for her behavior.

"They are always with their dogs behind, their team", she said. For me, it blows my mind, but I'm going to continue to fight for women. "If it's like this, let me know". "I have since texted her coach to make sure she understands that she is celebrated and how proud I am of her".

Britain's Jamie Murray has rejected claims of men being treated more leniently than women by umpires.

The International Tennis Federation did wholeheartedly back Ramos, saying in its statement that "Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis. I think a lot of it maybe got over-amplified because it was the finals of the US Open".