Catching up with some of the news stories and comments today just makes me so sick and sad. So many trying to defend the indefensible, in doing so, they completely lose their credibility and the like of Serena Williams of the game will probably just carry on. Also in defending Willians they take away the voice of poor umpires who already do not have a voice and who are there to simply do their job. They continue to ignore/forget the day was and should be about Naomi Osaka. I don’t know anymore which is worse, Williams’s behaviour on court and the later sexism claim, or the strings of senseless support she is getting from media, commentators and players alike.
Does anyone know if there’s any way to send some support to Ramos? I’d love to tell him he did a good job and tell the authorities we need more of him.
I tend to think a postcard to Katrina Adams, prez of the USTA, might be the way to go. Or it might not. . . you might get a secretary tossing any words of support, you never know. I would hope the USTA umpires themselves would issue a statement of support, and also demand the right to do what Ramos did in all tournaments.
We know, for instance, that the mens events simply sell many more tickets and bring in much more money than the womens. I was shocked to see that the usual viewing for a US Open womens final is less than half of that for the mens final. The implication here is strong: much more pressure on umpires to keep from booting unruly male players.
But Serena, of course, knows and plays womens tennis and should expect the usual application of rules. Take a look at the youtube video of her unsportsmanlike conduct with the US Open Clijsters final. Shameful. BUT hey, again this is prima donna theatrics.