Tennis umpires are reportedly considering a boycott of matches involving Serena Williams after her incident with chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the USA open final, according to the United Kingdom paper The Times.
Other umpires are reportedly not so cool with the outrageous smearing of Ramos.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) also supported Williams' claims, while Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA and victor of 12 grand slam singles titles, told CNN Tuesday that though Williams was "out of line", Ramos had aggravated the situation.
The Japanese player's breakthrough triumph in NY was overshadowed by an explosive row between her opponent Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos which resulted in the 23-times Grand Slam champion being docked a game and fined $17,000.
Williams was given three code violations by Portuguese official Carlos Ramos in her straight-set loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan on Saturday, with the American and critics arguing she wasn't treated the same as some male players.
"For me, I'm just me", said Osaka, when asked whether she represented a "new Japan".
"He did what he had to do in that match, because she overstepped the limit. I have a daughter, and I stand for what's right for her", Williams shouted.
"I've never been called for coaching, but the racket abuse, the verbal abuse, that's just part of the sport".
In an interview with The Times of London, an anonymous source revealed that before the U.S. Open even started, chair umpires were unhappy with the event's disorganization; when Williams accused Ramos of making sexist calls, they became increasingly angry.
"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he said. Retired umpire Richard Ings confirmed to ESPN that umpires feel that Ramos is being vilified. "It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist".
"Don't you worry about me!" he added.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing organization for international tennis. "They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos". After the tournament was over, the six-time US Open champion was fined $17,000 for her actions during the match.