"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned" by officials with the Women's Tennis Association who questioned Ramos' rulings in such a high-profile contest, Ings said. To combat this, some umpires are weighing the idea of saying no every time they are asked to officiate a Williams match, unless she apologizes to Ramos. "They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls".
Williams, 36, suffered defeat to 20-year-old Osaka in NY on Saturday night, handing the Japanese player her first Grand Slam title.
Things got even worse for Williams as she was punished for a third time after she branded Ramos a "thief" and a "liar" in a lengthy heated exchange with the umpire. "Mr Ramos's decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Ms Williams for the three offences".
"If talking to the media is not allowed, and governing bodies are speaking out against them, what are umpires supposed to do?" another source said.
While defending Ramos as a "stickler for the rules", King also believes he was partly at fault for "aggravating" the situation and reiterated her belief that tennis still treats women differently to men.
"At the time, I did ... think that they were booing at me".
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On Monday, the ITF, for whom Ramos is a contracted gold badge umpire, belatedly issued a statement to support his handling of the final.
Now, Golden State Warriors star Curry, who is friends with Williams and has shot commercials with her, saw no problem with the way the 23-time Grand Slam victor handled the situation.
"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist. Do not worry about me!"
"I think mixed raced people's success, such as Osaka's, can help to bring down the wall most Japanese have between people with different backgrounds", Oliver said. But the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association have come out in support of Williams, which has angered the umpire community.