TENNIS UMPIRES CONSIDERING BOYCOTTING SERENA WILLIAMS
Tennis umpires are considering boycotting Serena Williams at her matches after her outburst towards umpire Carlos Ramos.
Retired umpire Richard Ings told ESPN: “The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA,” “They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos. They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls.”
Ings said that while refs are upset and legitimately concerned about favoritism toward Williams and against them, an actual boycott isn’t likely because of the lack of an umpire union and the relatively small number of top-level officials, of which Ramos is considered one. “Umpires are just upset,” Ings said. “They’re thinking ‘what if?'”