Now, the umpires reportedly plan to boycott the Williams' future matches.
"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned" by officials with the Women's Tennis Association who questioned Ramos' rulings in such a high-profile contest, Ings said. Nissan on Thursday named Osaka its newest "brand ambassador", meaning she will appear in global ads for the automaker and will also be provided Nissan vehicles while on tour.
"At the end of the day, I hope everybody understands and celebrates Naomi because she's the U.S. Open champion and that's pretty dope".
Serena Williams of the United States (2nd R), while being interviewed after her defeat in the Women's Singles finals match to Naomi Osaka (2nd L), of Japan at the 2018 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on September 8, 2018. Players get upset on court, players get code violations on court.
"Me, as a woman, take a lot of warnings", she said.
Williams received a second penalty for throwing her racket to the ground and breaking it after losing a point. That triggered a third violation, which resulted in a game penalty that gave Osaka a 5-3 lead.
USTA president said Williams showed "a great deal of class and sportsmanship", without referencing the feud with the umpire. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say "thief" and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark". She angrily called Ramos a "thief", pointed out that she has never cheated, mentioned how she tries to set an example for her daughter and demanded an apology. "The way Serena handled the situation, I think she handled it with such grace and class".
This has further ruffled the feathers of some umpires, with an anonymous official revealing there is a growing consensus that umpires are "not supported" by the USTA, while Ramos was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it".
The CEO of the Women's Tennis Association, Steve Simon, also issued a statement backing Williams on Sunday and said that his organization "believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women", while also adding they he did "not believe that this was done last night".
The International Tennis Federation, meanwhile, defended 47-year-old Ramos and said he acted "at all times with professionalism and integrity".