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Tennis umpires considering boycotting Serena Williams matches

14 September, 2018, 17:27 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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The Adidas deal would "put her closer to Serena Williams's reported $18 million annual endorsement income than any women athlete in the world since Maria Sharapova was at $12 million to $13 million prior to her drug-related suspension", says Barry Janoff, executive editor at NYSportsJournalism.

However some Twitter users weren't so quick to forget the reason for the cartoon in the first place.

Despite US players and captain Jim Courier declaring they have no issues with Ramos umpiring their matches, Adams can't be thrilled about facing Ramos so soon after siding with Williams in the wake of the US Open women's final.

Osaka's straight-sets triumph in the US Open finals on September 8 was the most-watched match of the tournament covered in the US by ESPN, drawing 50 per cent more fans than the men's final the following day.

At Flushing Meadows on Saturday, the 20-year-old was reduced to tears during the presentation ceremony but on her arrival back in Japan on Thursday, she said she had not been saddened by the incident.

'But you are not perplexed with her behavior last Saturday?' another user wrote. A Nissan North America spokeswoman confirmed in an email that the USA division does not now have plans to utilize her, adding that "the relationship is early and primarily a global one". It had nothing to do with gender or race, ' he said.

Since the final some players have spoken publicly and thrown their support behind umpire Carlos Ramos after Williams labeled him a "thief" and a "liar".

Osaka, whose world ranking rose 12 spots to No. 7 on Monday, made history on September 8 in NY by becoming the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam singles title, beating decorated veteran Serena Williams in straight sets.

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"For me, I'm just me", said Osaka, when asked whether she represented a "new Japan".

"I want to do well at the Pan Pacific Open and maybe year-end top five - but I'm not putting pressure on myself".

"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", Osaka told DeGeneres.

Ramos is a gold-badge umpire for the ITF, who have released a statement in support of him. When she smashed her racket, Ramos docked her a point.

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.

"I think the umpire did what was within his rights", he told BBC Sport ahead of Britain's Davis Cup tie with Uzbekistan in Glasgow.

Osaka's success has brought to light her off-the-court sense of humour.

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