Tennis umpires considering boycotting Serena Williams matches

For a prime example of this muddying of the Gatorade, look no further than Serena Williams.

Watching the women's final between Williams and Naomi Osaka from his Atlanta home, Aaron saw Williams react angrily when chair umpire Carlos Ramos warned her about receiving coaching, something that happens commonly in tennis but is rarely sanctioned.

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He has stated that umpires have openly discussed boycotting future Serena matches if she continues to refuse to apologise for her antics. Williams objects to that call on the basis that men say a lot worse on court and don't get penalized.

"I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that want to express themselves, and want to be a strong woman".

During the altercation and again after the match, Williams suggested that sexism was part of the reason why she was punished so severely, although Strycova told Czech website Sport.cz that she doesn't agree.

Japanese tennis legend Kimiko Date told AFP it made her "heart ache" to see Osaka reduced to tears and unable to savour her moment of glory.

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Williams later broke her racket and shouted at Ramos, which led to a penalty point and a game penalty.

Williams angrily confronted Ramos, demanding an apology and branding him a "liar" and a "thief", comments which prompted the official to hand down a game penalty.

Williams was fined $17,000 for her violations, which was taken out of her runner-up prize total of $1.85 million.

However, the world's third-ranked men's player does not necessarily agree with the assessments of Williams and WTA chief executive Steve Simon that umpires treat women players differently from men.

"Anyone who has spent any time with any of the top women will know that they make those same sacrifices and are as determined and committed to winning as any of the top men on the tour", he added. For me, it blows my mind. For me, it blows my mind, but I'm going to continue to fight for women. Everyone who has experienced discrimination can empathise with her passionate plea.

In addition to her extraordinary tennis skills as displayed in her dominant performance against Williams in her first Grand Slam win, the Japanese-born athlete with a Haitian father is now also being recognized for her broad global endorsement appeal.

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