Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Tennis umpires 'thoroughly disturbed' by lack of support from WTA

Tennis umpires 'thoroughly disturbed' by lack of support from WTA

But the illustration has drawn fierce criticism from a range of high-profile figures who say it bears strong similarities to the infamous Sambo cartoons and other racist images and characters of the Jim Crow period in the U.S. 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.

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Chair umpire Carlos Ramos, 47, was 'thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it, ' one anonymous umpire told the Times of London about the incident on Saturday at the US Open Finals. Let us know in the comments. The WTA issued a statement that appeared to side with Williams' accusation of sexism, saying the same standards should be applied to men and women and "We do not believe this was done last night". Good question, Kelly. What happened is that it still sucks to be a woman in 2018, even if you're a woman at the very top of your sport. They say they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not.

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Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by the USTA for going "beyond protocol" when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a pep talk during his second-round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

In the absence of any official support for Ramos until Monday, it was left to two former senior umpires, Mike Morrissey and Richard Ings, to publicly defend the Portuguese official.

Would a male player have been treated the same way? Secondly, she exhibits zero ego or diva behavior. I'm really sad to lose the final in this tournament because I had too much passion playing the final, trying towin the title again. She's everything our society claims to value.

Musician Ciara also posted a message of support for her friend.

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The Women's Tennis Association (WTA), though, agree with Williams' assertion that it was "sexist" for Ramos to have taken off a full game for the third violation, as she had seen many men escaping censure when they've argued with umpires in the past.

"A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that", Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said.

Did any umps ever mass-boycott "bad boy" John McEnroe when he had one of his signature on-court aneurysms over a bad call?

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