Serena Williams shrieked for an apology from umpire Carlos Ramos she branded a "liar" and a "thief" during the US Open final, but where is her "sorry" to Naomi Osaka, whose dream she dashed with her shameful outburst.
Williams was in tears as she suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Osaka, whose maiden grand slam triumph was overshadowed by her opponent's argument with the official.
The governing body's support for Ramos came after the WTA, which operates the women's tour, was critical of the way things went between him and Williams in NY.
When asked about the behavior of Serena Williams at the US Open on Saturday, Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry came to the defense of his fellow superstar. Her conduct, which earned her a game penalty during Saturday's defeat by Naomi Osaka, and her comments that a male player would not have been penalised in the same way, have split the tennis world. I really don't. I think men and women are treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation.
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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. Later in the same set, Ramos cited her for breaking her racket in frustration, and when she called him a "thief" for the resulting penalty that cost her a point, he issued a third violation that cost her a game. She was disqualified from a semifinal match at the 2009 US Open for threatening a lineswoman.
Issues of sexism, officiating double standards and adverse playing conditions have dominated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Open, raising uncomfortable questions and prompting authorities to promise a review of existing policies.
USTA chief Katrina Adams said that men "are badgering the umpire on the changeovers and nothing happens".
Top umpires are also considering the formation of a union, according to a report Tuesday, in part because they are not allowed to discuss specific matches. While the USTA issued a statement saying that all players could change their shirts at their chair, former ATP VP Richard Ings, who did not name a source, said that umpires had been specifically told before the tournament began that female players could not change attire on the court. "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".
Speaking to Tribuna Expresso Ramos said: "I'm fine, given the circumstances".