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Naomi Osaka won the US Open title 6-2, 6-4 but Serena Williams dominated the headlines for her epic meltdown when she accused chair umpire Carlos Ramos of being a "thief" and accusing the sport of "sexism". That has led to talk of a boycott, with the Guardian reporting that umpires feel Ramos was "hung out to dry" while "no one is standing up for officials", lending renewed energy to long-standing discussions about unionizing.

One source, who has been privy to some of the discussions, said: "Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies. Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules...." One suggestion being floated is to refuse any match assignments involving Williams until she apologizes for vilifying Ramos.

On Monday, The International Tennis Federation defended Ramos in a statement.

Roger Federer was fined just $1,500 for a berating an umpire with an expletive during the 2009 U.S. Open, and Adams pointed out that the amount of fines is at the discretion of the administrator of the four Grand Slam events, not the USTA. "Don't you worry about me!" She said on Tuesday both sides shared the blame for the incident.

Ramos slapped Williams with several penalties with accompanying fines totaling $17,000 after she asserted herself and challenged the umpire for saying she was being coached during the game.

Yet Richard Ings, a former professional chair umpire who also used to be the ATP Tour Executive Vice-President, Rules and Competition, felt it was Williams who needed to apologise.

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While tennis legend Martina Navratilova does believe Williams "completely had the right message about women's inequality", she partly agreed with Djokovic.

Ramos, however, has spoken out about the incident for the first time in an interview with Tribuna Expresso in his native country, as the Spaniard cited he was content with the decisions he made as he does not pick and choose when to apply the rule book. "I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world's best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting", he said.

The rising tennis star's victory was sadly overshadowed by a firestorm of controversy after Williams confronted chair umpire Carlos Ramos and was slapped with three code violations.

"There are other examples of sexism in sport whether it comes down to prize money, the way male players are treated in comparison to women", she said. "They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos".

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".


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