2018-09-11 20:05:55 UTC
Serena Williams had a really shitty week at work. She got frustrated, lost her
shit, and got into trouble with the powers that be. After accusing her immediate
supervisor, US Open umpire Carlos Ramos, of being a thief (for taking a point
away from her) and then abusing a racket, Serena was fined $17,000 for her
Serena later defended her outburst saying that female athletes arent afforded
the same leeway when it comes expressing their emotions as their male
counterparts. Sexism? In sports? Hard to believe! But ok. The USTA (US Tennis
Association) and the WTA (Womens Tennis Association) both supported Serenas
claims of sexism and decried the subjective way in which penalties are doled
out. Their support has angered the umpires and theyre now threatening to
boycott any matches in which Serena is playing.
According to The Times UK, umpires feel that Ramos was thrown to the wolves by
the USTA and they are not going to sit in their high perches and get yelled at
by a woman in a tutu anymore!
An anonymous official told The Times that there was a growing consensus that
umpires were not supported by the USTA on several occasions, and that Ramos was
thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused
for it. Umpires are discussing whether they could take action to stand up for
their profession. One suggestion being floated is to refuse any match
assignments involving Williams until she apologies for vilifying Ramos and
calling him a liar and a thief.