Umpire Breaks His Silence Amid Serena Williams' Sexism Accusations Over Controversial Calls

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A video emerged on Twitter yesterday of a young Osaka setting up a "chopstick competition" with her older sister Mari, where the aim was to see who could place 10 beans into a bowl and then take it out the quickest - with chopsticks! "She said was proud of me and to know the crowd weren't booing at me".

Tennis umpires are reportedly threatening to boycott Serena Williams' matches over the fallout from her US Open finals altercation with Carlos Ramos. Osaka previously said that she was happy to win her first Grand Slam.

Williams was fined $17,000 in total: $10,000 for verbal abuse, $4,000 for the coaching violation, and $3,000 for racket abuse.

For Osaka, who four years ago took a selfie with Williams outside the same court, the notion that she was the opposing player handed an advantage by the umpire seemed to fill her with agony. "You owe me an apology!" she shouted repeatedly. Williams was already down, and ultimately lost the final.

In The Times report, one anonymous official told the outlet about umpires building solidarity with each other against Williams, as they believe the United States Tennis Association sold out Ramos by not defending him against Williams' claims of sexism and insults during the match.

"When you're little you're taught not to look at if your opponent gets angry, you're told to just turn around and try to focus, so I tried to do that", Osaka said.

The shy Osaka tweeted about the video on Thursday: "I always knew this would come back to haunt me. I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing".

The International Tennis Federation did wholeheartedly back Ramos, saying in its statement that "Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis".

But Ramos has finally broken his silence regarding the backlash, speaking to Portugal's Tribuna Expresso. It's a delicate situation, but "a la carte" arbitration does not exist. "Don't worry about me".

In the brief interview with his native-country paper, he did not talk much about the match itself, but said he has received hundreds of messages of support from family members and current and former players. The umpire stayed at his house for several days after the final to avoid problems.

Ramos' umpiring career will continue as he is expected to officiate the Davis Cup semifinal matches starting September 14.

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