Serena 'out of line' but both sides share blame, says King


Williams was facing Japanese global Naomi Osaka in the final of the US Open on Saturday, as the American was chasing a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam title. "One suggestion being floated is to refuse any match assignments involving Williams until she apologises for vilifying Ramos and calling him a "liar" and a "thief". "I think there has to be some consistency across the board", Adams told ESPN.

High profile figures such as former player Billie Jean King have thrown their support behind Williams, as has the Women's Tennis Association and United States Tennis Association.

While the fallout drags on, Osaka has become a somewhat forgotten player in the furore but Curry reserved some of his adulation for the rising-star. She does have a temper, she is not the only one, but you have just got to know as a professional athlete with all eyes on you on the biggest stage, you have to know when to stop.

Nonetheless, Ramos faced a lot of flak from top players, including US Open men's singles champion Novak Djokovic, who insisted that the chair umpire's decisions changed the course of the match. "They had everything to do with observing clear breaches of the grand slam code of conduct and then having the courage to call them without fear or favour".

Ramos drew Williams' ire for penalizing her because her coach was giving her instructions from the stands, which is a violation.

King, however, said Williams was not aware she had been handed a first violation and was surprised to have a point taken from her when she received a second for later smashing her racquet.

Citing sources, Ings said that is unlikely.

Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by the USTA for going "beyond protocol" when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a pep talk during his second-round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

By the time a tearful Osaka appeared for the trophy ceremony, the crowd loudly booed ― prompting Williams to embrace her young rival and whisper into her ear.

During a subsequent changeover, Murray said: "I didn't say "stupid umpire", I said "stupid umpiring". "It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist. Don't you worry about me", the 47-year-old is quoted as saying in the newspaper.

On Monday, the ITF, which oversees the Davis Cup, issued a statement defending Ramos, saying his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules" and that his rulings were "reaffirmed by the U.S. Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences".