After Serena Williams lost in the final to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, all anyone could talk about was Williams' altercation with umpire Carlos Ramos that led to her being fined $17,000.
"We watch the guys do this all the time, they're badgering the umpire on the changeovers".
But the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association have come out in support of Williams, which has angered the umpire community. Navratilova said, "It wasn't the right time to bring it up", and that she would have expected to face similar penalties for acting as Williams did.
Osaka, 20, became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam with her 6-2 6-4 win over her idol Williams in the final on Saturday.
While the top women players typically make less in endorsements than the top men, they draw more fans than men to the final, especially when Williams is in the match.
"I saw how Serena was being treated, and then I thought about coming back to my locker one day as a player, and there was [a reporter] in my chair", said Aaron, who endured racist taunts and death threats as he marched toward Babe Ruth's record.
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"He did what he had to do in that match, because she overstepped the limit".
According to the source, umpires are reportedly discussing the option of refusing match assignments that involve Williams until she apologises to Ramos for calling him a "liar" and "thief". "I just never knew when".
"The big issue for umpires everywhere is the importance of the support of governing bodies when umpires are just out there doing their job and making decisions under rules which are given to them by those very governing bodies".
"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he said.
Retired umpire Richard Ings has opened up to ESPN about why his former colleagues are now "fearful" after the controversy erupted.
Ramos has since spoken out about the backlash via Portugal's Tribuna Expresso. "It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist". "They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos. Do not worry about me!"
The International Tennis Federation stood by Ramos' stance and praised him for acting with "professionalism and integrity". It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos' decisions when they chose to fine Williams for the three offenses.