'Serena totally out of line' - Billie Jean King

Naomi Osaka

Tennis umpires are reportedly considering a boycott of matches involving Serena Williams after her incident with chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the USA open final, according to the United Kingdom paper The Times.

Martina Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam singles champion, says Serena Williams was wrong in her outburst at the US Open women's finals even though she agreed there is a double standard.

The furore only died down during the presentation ceremony after Williams pleaded with the crowd to stop booing, and Osaka revealed to DeGeneres what the former World No.1 said to her after leaning over to embrace her.

There are men out here that do a lot worse but because I'm a woman, because I'm a woman you're going to take this away from me?

BBC tennis presenter Sue Barker expressed similar sentiments while saying, "I've sat courtside watching the men ranting at umpires and they haven't been given a violation".

Umpires are reportedly "disturbed" by the response from Williams, and league officials who publicly supported her.

"I would say a championship match in terms of high-level talent on the court between those two ladies... obviously Naomi deserved to win and she played unbelievable", Curry told Omnisport. "I don't think [Serena] looked at me, so that's why she didn't think I was (coaching)", he told ESPN. Her reaction to his calls was exaggerated, as were the calls themselves.

Williams was issued a code violation for receiving coaching during the second set, then was penalized a point for smashing her racket.

"I have a daughter, and I stand for what's right for her", Williams shouted. Osaka said in her super adorable way.

The 23-time Grand Slam victor was handed a $17,000 fine for her penalties in the match, but opened up an argument against what she believes is preferential treatment in men's tennis.

In response to criticism from U.S. media and on social media channels, Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston said, "A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that".

Ramos has said that he is "fine, given the circumstances" days after the match, however. "It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", the 47-year-old told Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.

'Do not worry about me!'

Meanwhile, tennis umpires are also considering forming a union as they feel no one is standing up for them.

Ramos will next umpire at the U.S. -Croatia Davis Cup semi-final in Zadar, Croatia this weekend.

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