Game, set, match: Nissan signs rising tennis star Osaka as brand ambassador

Game, set, match: Nissan signs rising tennis star Osaka as brand ambassador

A much more sinister plotline came from Serena's controversial penalization at Saturday's women's final against Naomi Osaka, with the 23-time Grand Slam victor accusing chair umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism.

Citing a lack of official support for chair umpire Carlos Ramos after he stuck to the rulebook by penalizing Williams, other umpires and officials are concerned about the WTA's lack of support.

Meanwhile, tennis umpires are also considering forming a union as they feel no one is standing up for them.

Williams was docked a game during the defeat to Naomi Osaka for verbally abusing umpire Carlos Ramos, calling him a "thief" and a "liar" after he deducted a point from her for previous violations - coaching and smashing her racket. Her victory, however, came amid a firestorm of controversy after Williams angrily confronted chair umpire Carlos Ramos and received three code violations.

Naomi Osaka of Japan attends a news conference upon her arrival in Japan, after winning the women's singles finals tennis match at the 2018 U.S. Open, in Yokohama September 13, 2018. "They're thinking, 'What if?'"

Williams was facing Japanese global Naomi Osaka in the final of the US Open on Saturday, as the American was chasing a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam title.




"Still, despite the threats, Ings did not think that the judges would rise up and boycott Williams" future matches. This was after Ramos issued a code violation to Williams whom she believed was receiving coaching instructions from Patrick Mouratoglou who was in the stands.

Umpires are reportedly "disturbed" by the response from Williams, and league officials who publicly supported her.

Ramos spoke very briefly about the US Open women's final to Tribuna Expresso in his native Portugal.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same", the tour's CEO, Steve Simon, said in a statement.

"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she said in Yokohama ahead of the Pan Pacific tournament that begins on Monday.

Ramos will next umpire at the U.S. -Croatia Davis Cup semi-final in Zadar, Croatia this weekend. It's a delicate situation, but "à la carte" arbitration does not exist. I said 'arigatou,' " Osaka said, using the Japanese words for "congratulations" and "thank you".

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