Serena Williams & Billie-Jean King's tennis sexism claims dismissed by Jamie Murray

14 September, 2018, 14:59 | Author: Alyssa Little
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"Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis".

Ramos was unable to defend himself over the weekend as the rules prevent umpires from commenting on the matches they oversee.

"For me, I'm just me", said Osaka, when asked whether she represented a "new Japan". 'She's right about the guys being held to a different standard, there's no question.' The Australian 24-time Grand Slam victor Margaret Court said: 'We always had to go by the rules.

Williams accused Ramos of sexism after the match and pointed out that male players have been more aggressive verbally with umpires than she was, but had been not been penalized the same way. "She said was proud of me and to know the crowd weren't booing at me".

Osaka, 20, told The Ellen Show she was taught not to pay attention if her opponent got angry, so she could stay focused.

It's a conversation that has been raging ever since the incident, which occurred in the second set of Naomi Osaka's victory over Williams.

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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. Navratilova said, "It wasn't the right time to bring it up", and that she would have expected to face similar penalties for acting as Williams did.

For Osaka, who four years ago took a selfie with Williams outside the same court, the notion that she was the opposing player handed an advantage by the umpire seemed to fill her with agony. And then before I knew it, I was getting all of this hostile mail and all of that during my last couple of years.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and Billie Jean King were among those to back Williams, with the latter calling out a "double standard" in the game.

Ramos has since spoken out about the backlash via Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.

Strycova stands as one of the first players on the circuit to publicly criticise Williams for her behaviour at flushing meadows, and the Czech also threw her support behind Ramos who she believes acted out of necessity. "You owe me an apology".

"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist". How dare you insinuate that I was cheating?

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