That’s according to a Stuart Fraser of The Times, whose sources told him that umpires across the tennis world weren’t happy with the way official bodies have treated Carlos Ramos, the umpire at the centre of the incident in the US Open Women’s final.
Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) back Williams after the 23-time grand slam champion came to blows with Ramos, in the midst of her loss to Japan’s Naomi Osaka.
Williams called Ramos a ‘thief’ for charging her with a point penalty, before ultimately enforcing a game penalty against the American. During and after the match, Williams pointed to sexism as part of the reason why she was given the three code violations that led to the significant penalties.
A host of umpires, who already weren’t happy about the organisation of the 2018 US Open, told The Times, anonymously, that there’s a growing consensus that they were “not supported” by the USTA over the course of the tournament.
The story also quotes the anonymous official saying he or she felt as though Ramos was “thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it.”
There’s a growing sense that umpires will respond to the incident, with one possibility being that they’ll refuse to take part in any matches involving Williams until she apologises.
Naturally, it would be a significant undertaking for all umpires to agree to this sort of boycott, but their criticisms toward official bodies appears to be growing, with the Williams incident potential acting as the last straw.
During the match — which Williams lost 6-2, 6-4 — the tennis legend received her first violation for receiving coaching — she denied this, though her coach admitted to it — the second for breaking her racquet, before receiving a third for verbal abuse of the umpire.
During the back-and-forth, Williams demanded an apology from Ramos; but now, the umpires want an apology from her.