Serena Williams: US Open final umpire makes interesting admission over controversy

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"Mr Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules, and were reaffirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams ($17 000) for the three offences", the ITF said in a statement.

"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. We do not believe that this was done [Saturday] night".

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"Ramos, effectively, had no choice but to dock her a point", Navratilova said. We watch the guys do this all the time. She called Ramos a "thief" and said he owed her an apology, protesting that "I don't cheat to win". "This is not a joke", said Vanessa K. De Luca, former editor in chief of Essence magazine, who wrote a column about the U.S. Open furor.

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Ramos is an umpire with a reputation for standing up to star players, which is partly why he has been asked to take charge of singles finals at all of the Grand Slams, as well as the Olympic Games.

Umpire Christian Rask was also criticised after he gave Frenchwoman Alize Cornet a code violation for removing her shirt on court after she realised she had put it on back-to-front in the locker room during a mid-match heat break. "I think that's probably the context of the conversation".

Commenting on the coaching issue, Simon said, "We also think the issue of coaching needs to be addressed and should be allowed across the sport".

"The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed". There has to be a clear rule to it. The beginning of the tournament saw organisers struggle to contend with a heat-wave in NY that resulted in the implementation of a heat policy - the first time ever it was applied in men's matches. That is the problem.

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"We always draw people in a way to ridicule and demean, but this seems to dehumanize her", Jones said.

Many people, black women among them, echoed Williams' contention that she was punished while men on the tennis circuit have gotten away with even harsher language. According to him, treatment towards players varies according to the situation and a blanket generalization is hard.

The governing body's support for Ramos came after the WTA, which operates the women's tour, was critical of the way things went between him and Williams in NY.

"But I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit", he said.

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