Williams' claims of sexism were backed by the governing body of women's tennis, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), whose chief executive said the umpire had shown the 36-year-old a different level of tolerance than if she had been a man. Williams was docked a game Saturday and went on to lose the championship to Japan's Naomi Osaka.
While her U.S. Open victory was marred by the controversy that led to a tearful and boo-filled trophy ceremony, the incident might end up being a plus for Osaka.
The U.S. Open chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, called three violations against Williams during the U.S. Open Final, a match that ultimately ended in Williams' defeat to Naomi Osaka of Japan.
Strycova also claimed that Williams, along with sister Venus, regularly got on-court coaching which was at the root of the violations in the US Open final.
"She said she was proud of me, and that I should know the crowd isn't booing at me", Osaka shared.
Williams was fined $17,000 in total: $10,000 for verbal abuse, $4,000 for the coaching violation, and $3,000 for racket abuse. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality". "It made me feel like it was a sexist remark", she told reporters on Saturday.
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Tennis great Billy Jean King wrote on Twitter: "When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalized for it".
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) also supported Williams' claims, while Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA and victor of 12 grand slam singles titles, told CNN Tuesday that though Williams was "out of line", Ramos had aggravated the situation.
In response, umpires are reportedly threatening to boycott Williams' matches, as they feel that Ramos is being unfairly criticized for his conduct during the match, according to The Times of London.
Adams noted that Ramos was "following the code", but added that a "soft" warning for coaching could have averted the blowup over something that happens frequently on the men's and women's sides.
On Monday the International Tennis Federation threw its support behind the experienced Portuguese chair umpire. "At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".
Another person identified as an "senior figure" told the Guardian that umpires felt Ramos was "hung out to dry" after the incident and that "no one is standing up for officials" amid reports that the incident is fueling talks of a boycott.