Umpires could boycott Williams

Growing call to refuse assignments involving Serena unless she apologises for Ramos rant

NEW YORK • Umpires are considering refusing to officiate matches involving Serena Williams, such is the level of discontent over the treatment of Carlos Ramos during and after the US Open final.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) have backed Williams' claims of sexism after she was given a game penalty for her behaviour during her defeat by Japan's Naomi Osaka on Saturday. This has further riled some umpires, who were already unhappy with the haphazard organisation of this year's US Open.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2018, with the headline 'Umpires could boycott Williams'. Print Edition | Subscribe