Tennis umpires are considering boycotting Serena Williams’ matches after her spat with umpire Carlos Ramos at the US Open final, The Times of London reports.
The Women’s Tennis Association and United States Tennis Association both came out in support of Williams after Ramos gave her a game penalty for criticizing him during her final match with Naomi Osaka.
According to The Times, the umpires felt they were “not supported” and that Ramos was “thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it.”
An anonymous official told The Times that umpires are considering refusing to officiate Williams’ matches in response to the incident.
The Guardian adds that the umpires are considering forming a union in response to the incident because they felt Ramos was “hung out to dry.”
An official told The Guardian that umpires were asking, “‘What if it was me in that chair on Saturday?’ There is a widespread feeling that Carlos was hung out to dry for nearly 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials.”