Disturbed' tennis umpires consider #boycotting #SerenaWilliams
matches and forming a union after chair ump was '#hungouttodry
' by higher-ups
have said they are 'disturbed' by the lack of governing body #support
for the chair umpire who drew the ire of Serena Williams, and may even consider #unionizing
, 47, was 'thrown to the wolves for simply #doinghisjob
and was not willing to be #abused
for it,' one anonymous umpire told the Times of London about the incident on Saturday at the #USOpenFinals
Ramos called three violations on Williams during her loss to #NaomiOsaka
: receiving coaching on the court, racket abuse, and a rare game penalty for verbal abuse, after Williams berated Ramos as a '#thief
' and a '#liar
'. Williams immediately blamed the calls on '#sexism
', and umpires are concerned that #leagueofficials
seemed to #support
that claim rather than back up Ramos for doing his job.
Katrina Adams was among those rushing to Williams's defense and #castingaspersions
on the umpire, suggesting that he would have allowed men to get away with #similarbehavior
The WTA also seemed to back her claim that the penalties were sexist in a statement, although the ITF sided with Ramos two days later, 'one of the #mostexperienced
Several umpires, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Times that they were considering boycotting future Williams matches.
There is a lot of #unhappiness
in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials,' one senior umpire told the YOUNGTRIBUNE. 'Umpires keep asking: 'What if it was me in that chair on Saturday?' There is a #widespread
feeling that Carlos was hung out to dry for nearly 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials,' the official said.
Several umpires are #privately
pushing for an officials’ union, the #newspaper
One source familiar with the discussions, said: 'Umpires don’t have any independent means of #representation
and are employed by the governing bodies.