After further review, The US Open Championship - Were there code and civil rights violations?
VINCENT DAVIS | 9/12/2018, 2:11 p.m.
The US Open concluded their 50th anniversary season spectacularly, setting new attendance records of 828, 798 fans on the grounds during the two week period, world class players and lots of great matches, but it could not end without drama and controversy, which is not a common, usual Open occurrence.
The Opens ending weekendchampionship matches held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Queens on Saturday and Sunday were overshadowed by a Serena Willaims tantrum, or described another way, her demand for an equal right to express herself as men tennis players do, to be fair, during her women's singles finals match on Saturday, and the infractions inflicted upon her by the match's chair umpire, Carlos Ramos.
Ramos charged Williams with penalties during the second set of her finals match against 20 year old challenger Naomi Osaka, penalties that could have been withheld or delayed, considering that this was a championship match, the biggest stage in tennis. A greater level of sensitivity could have been applied by Ramos. He had the opportunity. It was at his discretion, but Ramos has been known for issuing infractions in the past.
In the French Open in 2017, Novak Djokovic was given a fault on his serve by Ramos for time violations and one for yelling, unsportsmanlike conduct. Rafael Nadal was given one for a time violation.
At Wimbledon in 2018, this year, Ramos gave Djokovic a code violation for slamming his racquet into the ground. Djokovic complained about a double standard by Ramos who had not penalized Kei Nishikori for doing something similar.
On Sunday, Williams, who has won 23 Grand Slams, 6 US Opens, did very little to help herself in her battle with Ramos, who she, at one point, demanded an apology from.
"You owe me an apology. I have never cheated in my life. I have a daughter and I stand for what's right for her."
Williams also showed signs during this match of an inability to beat Osaka, losing 6-2 in the first set and 6-4 in the second, but it still leaves us to questiion whether Williams could have won the second set if she wasn't so disturbed by the penalties she'd been given, and was this championship match decided by Williams and Osaka's play, or by a decision made by an official. Also, was there sexism involved in Ramos' officiating? Could there be?
In.a statement from the US Open issued immediately after the match regarding what happened, it stated that, "The chair umpire witnessed coaching taking place from Williams' coach. Even though her coach has admitted to coaching, Williams has made it clear that she did not receive any coaching. Nevetheless, in accordance with the rules, Williams was assessed a Code Violation, resulting in a warning."
It goes on to say, "Williams was assessed a second code violation for racquet abuse, which required a point penalty."
In regards to the third penalty, "At 4-3, Williams was assessed a third code violation for verbal abuse, in the judgment of the umpire, which then required a game penalty. The chair umpire's decision was final and not reviewable by the Tournament Referee or the Grand Slam Supervisor who were called to the court at that time."