Naomi Osaka Tells Ellen DeGeneres What Serena Williams Whispered To Her

Silvia Morton
September 13, 2018

Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that the game's top umpires are discussing forming a union because they believe Carlos Ramos, the umpire who penalized Williams for three code violations Saturday, was "hung out to dry" by some of tennis' governing organizations.

International Tennis Federation spokeswoman Heather Bowles confirmed to the AP on Tuesday that Carlos Ramos was chosen to work at the best-of-five series between the countries that begins Friday and concludes Sunday in Zadar, Croatia.

In bad scenes after Osaka's historic grand slam triumph, the 20-year-old burst into tears as fans voiced their displeasure at the way Serena had lost.

In a piece published today, Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said yesterday's cartoon "had nothing to do with gender or race", and simply depicted an exaggerated version of the 23-time Grand Slam champion reacting to the controversial code violations doled out during her loss to Naomi Osaka.

"It is understandable that this high profile and regrettable incident should provoke debate", the ITF added.

His appearance could prove awkward after several figures from the US Tennis Association, including president Katrina Adams, publicly supported Williams in her sexism allegations. Mouratoglou openly acknowledged he was coaching but used the "everyone is doing it" argument as justification.

"At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity". "They're thinking 'what if?'"

"At the end of the day, I hope everybody understands and celebrates Naomi because she's the U.S. Open champion and that's pretty dope".

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Williams called the official "a thief ", which drew the third violation against her for "verbal abuse", and it cost her the game. The ITF sided with Ramos - two days later - calling him "one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis".

"You're told just to turn around and try to focus so I tried to do that but in my mind I really wanted to know what was going on".

Mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios ranted at Ramos at the same tournament after he was issued a code violation for shouting at a ball boy to pass him a towel.

'Saturday brought to the forefront the question of whether different standards are applied to men and women in the officiating of matches, ' Simon said.

"I am good, under the circumstances", Ramos was quoted as saying in Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.

While King said that Serena Williams was "out of line" for her subsequent behavior - which included cracking her racket and calling Ramos "a thief" - she emphasized that Ramos didn't control the match.

The WTA later called for equal treatment of all tennis players and coaching to be allowed across the sport. "We do not believe that this was done last night".

However, these calculations don't take into account whether umpires are more likely to punish female players than men for a similar outburst during a match.

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