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"I have definitely been thinking about if little kids were watching and they wanted to play tennis too", she said. But he said the controversy, along with others that occurred during the tournament, "opens an opportunity to bring greater clarity and hold a conversation with officials about how things could have been better handled in terms of our policies". "There's no one more experienced, no one more knowledgeable, no one more capable as an umpire than Carlos Ramos". "At the time, I did kind of think they were booing at me".

One of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time divided tennis and triggered a debate about sexism in the sport, fueled by Williams's assertion that Ramos would not have dealt with a male player in the same way.

But after returning to Japan on Thursday, Osaka insisted there were no hard feelings towards Williams, who branded umpire Carlos Ramos a "thief" in an astonishing tantrum triggered by a code violation for coaching that culminated in a docked game.

It took two days for the International Tennis Federation to stick up for Ramos, saying he acted with "integrity".

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Since then, many have come to the defense of Williams and accused Ramos of holding the tennis star to a different standard because she's a woman. That sentiment has led to renewed talk among umpires of forming a union, an idea that has been around for years.

Umpire Carlos Ramos has made his first public statement since his disputed calls at the U.S. Open final Saturday.

If the contract goes through, this would be the biggest deal the sportswear giant has ever given to a female tennis player and it could propel Osaka up the ranks on Forbes' 2018 list of highest paid female athletes, which Williams now leads.

"When a woman is emotional, she's "hysterical" and she's penalised for it", King said.

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Spain got crashed out of the World Cup after being defeated in penalties against hosts Russian Federation . Isco was unhappy with criticism of his World Cup performances by the journalist.

"It's an unhappy situation but "à la carte" refereeing doesn't exist".

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Richard Ings, a retired elite Gold Badge umpire told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

Moreover, a source identified as a tennis "senior figure" told The Guardian, "There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials". I think you should think that it's not really the outcome, it's the process.

Ramos' umpiring career will continue as he is expected to officiate the Davis Cup semifinal matches starting September 14.

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