(National Sentinel) Reprisals: Following her embarrassing and childish outbursts at a respected tennis umpire last week after she was penalized for cheating and throwing a temper tantrum with her racket, other tennis chair umps are now considering boycotting Serena Williams’ matches.
They are also considering unionizing so they would have the clout to refuse to umpire Williams’ matches.
Yahoo Sports reported:
As fallout continues from Saturday’s heated U.S. Open final that saw Naomi Osaka defeat Serena Williams in a match marred by conflict and controversy, tennis umpires are having their say.
They’re not pleased with Williams or what they see as a lack of support from the tennis world for chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who was on the receiving end of a heated outburst from the 23-time Grand Slam champion.
The Times of London reports that there is a growing consensus that umpires feel they were “not supported by the USTA” on several occasions and cite one anonymous source claiming that umpires are considering boycotting matches played by Williams.
The source tells The Times that some umpires believe that Ramos was “thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it” and that they are considering “to refuse any match assignments involving Williams until she apologizes for vilifying Ramos and calling him a ‘liar’ and a ‘thief.’”
Williams was assessed three code violations during the loss to Osaka. Ramos warned her against receiving coaching early in the second set, which Williams protested.
Worse, the crowd on hand booed Osaka for ‘daring’ to beat Williams, which led her to tears. She even apologized later for winning.
At one point, she berated Ramos for accusing her of receiving coaching — a rule violation. She told him, “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose than cheat.”
Her coach later admitted to the rule violation.
It was a disgusting display of self-entitlement and poor sportsmanship. If anyone owes an apology — to tennis fans and to Osaka — it’s Serena Williams.
If it’s not kneeling for the National Anthem, it’s yelling at tennis chair umpires. Why do privileged American sports figures so poorly represent our country?