"This is evidence of people just not being willing to call out the truth, which is Serena cheated and got caught".
Carlos Ramos has been praised for acting with "professionalism and integrity" by the International Tennis Federation after the umpire was labelled a liar and a thief by Serena Williams during the American star's US Open final meltdown.
Former world number one Billie Jean King has softened her initial stance on the controversy over Serena Williams, who was "totally out of line" when she vehemently disputed calls by chair umpire Carlos Ramos during Saturday's U.S. Open final.
Umpires are allegedly unhappy at how 2018 US Open women's final umpire Carlos Ramos was treated during and after the match.
Williams was assessed three code violations during the the loss to Osaka.
"Still, despite the threats, Ings did not think that the judges would rise up and boycott Williams" future matches.
"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board", Adams continued.
The first violation was for coaching, which Williams argued against. Navratilova said, "It wasn't the right time to bring it up", and that she would have expected to face similar penalties for acting as Williams did.
Umpires are reportedly contemplating removing themselves from Williams' matches unless she issues a public apology for criticising Ramos, according to The Times of London.
The drama started when Ramos handed Williams a coaching violation early in the second set because of hand gestures made from the stands by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
"'I'm not attacking your character, ' is the most important thing he could have said", King told CNN.
The USTA credited Williams for behaving with class after the match, which she lost.
In response to swelling criticisms of Ramos' officiating, some umpires, though technically not allowed to talk with the press, are speaking out on behalf of the fraternity of tennis referees.
Williams' accusation of sexism has been backed by The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and this has seemingly upset a core group of umpires, according to The Times.