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That "sexism" narrative also falls apart:

Umpire Carlos Ramos has history of being stickler for violations

September 8, 2018 by Larry Brown

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Here’s a look at some of Ramos’ history:

– In May 2016 at the French Open, Ramos asked Venus to tell her coach to stop giving hand signals. Venus defended herself and said she wasn’t cheating or looking at her coach.

– In 2017 at the French Open, Novak Djokovic was given a fault on his serve by Carlos Ramos for time violations. He then received a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after yelling.

– In 2018 at Wimbledon, Ramos gave Djokovic a code violation for slamming his racquet into the ground. Djokovic later complained about a double standard from Ramos, who did not penalize Kei Nishikori for something similar.

– In 2017 at the French Open, Ramos called a time violation on Rafael Nadal. Nadal thought the call was selectively enforced and said he was not satisfied with it.

– In 2016 at the French Open, Ramos called Nick Kyrgios for a code violation for yelling at a towel boy. Kyrgios accused Ramos of having a double standard and was described as “mystified” by the penalty.

– In August 2016 at the Olympics, Ramos called Andy Murray for a code violation for saying “stupid umpiring.”

– In July 2017, Ramos called Andy Murray for a time violation for playing too slowly. Murray acknowledged he had been warned before receiving the violation but was still bothered by it.

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Umpire Carlos Ramos has history of being stickler for violations | Larry Brown Sports


The reaction to this match from some media elites on twitter just proved again that part of American journalism has become deeply unprofessional and agenda-driven. When these people are determined to portray someone as suppressed progressive hero, no fact or rule will stop them.
 

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Little late to the party, but had to post about last night's finale. Textbook example of why I could never root for Serena, she might be a great tennis champion, but she is a vile human being. First of all, Ramos was completely in the right for giving her all of the code violations, even the game penalty which seemed kinda harsh. I mean she went to him, insisted that he apologize (because she felt completely entitled to that apology, not to mention the coaching code was 100% correct), called him a liar and a thief all the while threateningly waving her finger around. And then she had the audacity to further ruin Osaka's moment at the ceremony. Hugging her to comfort her (for the shit she produced) while laughing her ass off, saying we'll get through this together... Get through what together? You are not a victim here (if anyone is, it' Naomi whose first Slam title this idiot crapped all over. And Ramos is, who was escorted off the court as if he did something very, very wrong), you were not damaged in any way, you were beaten fair and square. No, actually, scratch that, you were humiliated on the court yesterday by a currently superior player, and you couldn't take that with grace and humility. Nothing strange, seeing as how those are very unfamiliar concepts for Serena.

Unbelievable. For the crowd, I have no words. I felt so bad and so sorry for Osaka, she didn't deserve this, but nothing can be taken away from her. At the end of the day, she won with her tennis, while showing tremendous mental strength and composure in a very challenging moment. Big big bravo from me. You got yourself a new fan yesterday. Still, to make a 20 year old cry instead of smile while winning her first (hopefully of many) GS title. Everybody on that court should be ashamed of themselves for the behavior.

And finally, I was so pissed off with the journalism narrative that is getting spinned out there. At least we moved from "He did this to me because I'm black" to "He did this to me because I'm a woman". And everybody's going on how a male player would not have been sanctioned for this. I will admit that I never saw (or rather don't remember seeing) a game violation for any male player (then again, I haven't seen it for a female player either). But it's getting lost in translation that she got a game violation because this was her third offense of the match, no one would bat an eyelid if she lost a point over it. Another thing that is completely overlooked is that no one is addressing her behavior and tagging it as very bad. No, the whole narrative is about how it's so unfair that she got punished while a man hypothetically wouldn't have been. Well, he hypothetically should be punished, just as it was right that she was punished. Don't make the behavior normal and act like she was a victim here. Are there double standards out there? Absolutely, because not all umpires enforce the rules with same criteria (which is actually a real problem). But I don't think there is a difference in how they are being enforced across the two sexes.

And finally, when she said "Why does this always happen to me", I couldn't help myself, I cackled. You threatened a line judge with your racquet while saying you were gonna shove a tennis ball down her throat (and got away with a point penalty which just happened to be a match point and a pocket change fine). You insulted Eva Asderaki (repeatedly) while warning her not to look your way when you pass each other along (and got away with an unrelated point penalty for hindrance). You threateningly pointed a finger at the umpire while calling him a liar and a thief (and got a game penalty because it was your third code for the match). And that, Serena, is why it always happens to you.
 

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Not. Even. Close. Beating Sevastova in this kind of fashion should be considered as routine way, not something exceptional. Ostapenko, on the other hand, despite awful serving, is capable of bossing around every single player from the ground, because she does not is only excellent ball striker, but also is excellent at redirecting pase even when stretched wide. So you need to eat her alive from the very first strike, and that's that she did. Her return strategy won her this match, and even patterns from the ground were not that bad either, as a consequence. This is what modern game is about, and this is what her game should be about - earning your time.
The previous two times she played Sevastova weren't routine matches. She lost one and she barely won the other. That IS a tough match up for her. She does not like to play players that mix up the pace and force her to play in and out of the court. For that I was pleasantly surprised that she won that AO encounter so easily, serving well and coming to the net and finishing points with authority. I rate that Sevastova match as her second best performance of this year. The first one being the match against Kasatkina.

As far as Ostapenko, the first time she played Maria it was a nail biter, the second time Ostapenko just didn't show up. Plain and simple. It had little to do with what Maria was doing. I mean, Ostanpenko was averaging 3 unforced errors a game at the beginning of that match. That is NOT good tennis.


But to each their own I guess.
 

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Little late to the party, but had to post about last night's finale. Textbook example of why I could never root for Serena, she might be a great tennis champion, but she is a vile human being. First of all, Ramos was completely in the right for giving her all of the code violations, even the game penalty which seemed kinda harsh. I mean she went to him, insisted that he apologize (because she felt completely entitled to that apology, not to mention the coaching code was 100% correct), called him a liar and a thief all the while threateningly waving her finger around. And then she had the audacity to further ruin Osaka's moment at the ceremony. Hugging her to comfort her (for the shit she produced) while laughing her ass off, saying we'll get through this together... Get through what together? You are not a victim here (if anyone is, it' Naomi whose first Slam title this idiot crapped all over. And Ramos is, who was escorted off the court as if he did something very, very wrong), you were not damaged in any way, you were beaten fair and square. No, actually, scratch that, you were humiliated on the court yesterday by a currently superior player, and you couldn't take that with grace and humility. Nothing strange, seeing as how those are very unfamiliar concepts for Serena.

Unbelievable. For the crowd, I have no words. I felt so bad and so sorry for Osaka, she didn't deserve this, but nothing can be taken away from her. At the end of the day, she won with her tennis, while showing tremendous mental strength and composure in a very challenging moment. Big big bravo from me. You got yourself a new fan yesterday. Still, to make a 20 year old cry instead of smile while winning her first (hopefully of many) GS title. Everybody on that court should be ashamed of themselves for the behavior.

And finally, I was so pissed off with the journalism narrative that is getting spinned out there. At least we moved from "He did this to me because I'm black" to "He did this to me because I'm a woman". And everybody's going on how a male player would not have been sanctioned for this. I will admit that I never saw (or rather don't remember seeing) a game violation for any male player (then again, I haven't seen it for a female player either). But it's getting lost in translation that she got a game violation because this was her third offense of the match, no one would bat an eyelid if she lost a point over it. Another thing that is completely overlooked is that no one is addressing her behavior and tagging it as very bad. No, the whole narrative is about how it's so unfair that she got punished while a man hypothetically wouldn't have been. Well, he hypothetically should be punished, just as it was right that she was punished. Don't make the behavior normal and act like she was a victim here. Are there double standards out there? Absolutely, because not all umpires enforce the rules with same criteria (which is actually a real problem). But I don't think there is a difference in how they are being enforced across the two sexes.

And finally, when she said "Why does this always happen to me", I couldn't help myself, I cackled. You threatened a line judge with your racquet while saying you were gonna shove a tennis ball down her throat (and got away with a point penalty which just happened to be a match point and a pocket change fine). You insulted Eva Asderaki (repeatedly) while warning her not to look your way when you pass each other along (and got away with an unrelated point penalty for hindrance). You threateningly pointed a finger at the umpire while calling him a liar and a thief (and got a game penalty because it was your third code for the match). And that, Serena, is why it always happens to you.
Agreed.

I have respect for Serena's game, but I almost never root for her to win anything. Her antics sometimes are too much. Last night she acted like she was better than Carlos Ramos and seemed to want him to bow to her. Then she started playing the sexist card. So distasteful. I could understand why he felt he had to keep penalizing her. She was acting like an entitled brat.

Of course, it took away from what was an excellent display by Osaka, who I predict will be #1 in the world one day. Just too much game there.
 

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A disappointing US Open for Maria and a painful loss in R4 to Navarro :sad:

Maria can play so much better (or at least she could in the past ...)

Pathetic serving :facepalm:
It was simply shocking how bad Maria served :help:

Also too many UEs :eek:

I have a lot of respect for Maria that she fights so hard despite the huge problems with her serve.
She has such a great attitude. I really admire her fighting spirit. And that she stays positive.

I wish Maria had her old strong serve back :sobbing:
A strong serve makes it so much easier to win (see Osaka, Keys, Serena).

Another problem is her movement.
Maria simply is a step too slow. She moved a lot better when she was younger.

Not sure where to go from here. Can Maria improve her serve ?
 

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If you are part of tennis twitter, you probably have read this thread composed by a Rena supporter, which claims to have shown Rena was treated differently than male players by umpire Carlos Ramos and others, because these players weren't punished for their verbal attacks:


This thread is, to say the least, misleading, I would even say it's intentionally deceitful.

In all the cases listed in the thread, none of the players involved, except Murray, personally insulted Ramos. "You're losing your mind" or "This is bullshit" isn't a personal insult. It's on a totally different level than "you are a liar and a thief". Murray got a warning but didn't lose a point for the insult "stupid umpire" - or "stupid umpiring", as he argued - that's probably because that was his FIRST offense in the match.

The cases regarding other umpires are irrelevant here, because some umpires, like Ramos, are always stricter than others in enforcing rules, that's not a problem, it happens in many sports, mostly notably football. This umpiring inconsistency across the board isn't proof of gender inequality in tennis, unless you can prove the SAME umpires treated men and women differently. No such proof in that thread.
 

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Serena's quadruple fault

By Greg Baum
10 September 2018 — 4:16pm

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In her outbursts, she invoked sexism and, implicitly, racism, and so managed to set back both those momentous causes. Williams came from a long way back in life, but she is now just about the most privileged black woman in the US, the most indulged, too. It makes it hard to buy the interpretation that this was some sort of stance against oppression. And it obscures the mighty, desperate and real battles that are being fought around the world in the name of both.

The idea of sport as mirror to and metaphor for society was long ago lost. At this level, it is rich, talented people playing games they love. Everything else is alibi. Tough games, demanding games, but games none the less. As Boris Becker once said after a shock defeat and the funereal reaction to it: "No-one died out there."

"I have a daughter and I stand for what's right for her," Williams said. So, when her now infant daughter one day perceives a slight, throws a tantrum, smashes up some expensive toys, calls her mother a thief, demands an apology and says that she will see to it that Williams play no further role in her life, she will applaud her for being a strong woman, yes?

No. Williams managed even to make a motherhood statement into a loser.

Williams has form, lots of it. In 2011, playing Sam Stosur in the US final, she sneered that the chair umpire was "a hater" and "ugly inside". Two years previously, in a US semi-final against Kim Clijsters, she threatened to shove a ball down a line official's throat, and was docked a point by the chair umpire. All three officials in these incidents were women, and Clijsters was a new mother, but no sense of common cause seemed to apply then.

The common denominator in all three matches was that Williams was on the way to defeat. That is the bottom line.

Williams pleaded that she had worked so hard post-childbirth to get back to a major final, as if no-one else worked hard, as if the player at the other end of the court had not worked as hard, perhaps harder. Hard work is a minimum expectation, not grounds for diplomatic immunity.

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https://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/serena-s-quadruple-fault-20180910-p502vp.html
 

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Is the article at tennisworldusa.org correct? Is Maria planning to play 3 straight weeks in October? Can she still qualify for the Elite tournament? That would be a lot of points.
 

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@Sharapovalov @Tennisvampire at least our boy save the tournament for us :sobbing: 2 back-to-back GS with career golden master after that all that happened until RG. I'm in cloud 9 :tears:
Right? :sobbing: I couldn't in my wildest dreams expect that he was gonna be back to these heights so soon after his lowests lows (this year's IW/Miami double IMO :tape:). Hell, scratch that, I didn't really believe he'd be back to regularly winning Slams at all. But then Wimbledon happened and that Nadal match, which was vintage Novak in terms of mental strength, and the rest is history. I was actually pretty sure he'd win this USO before the tournament started :lol: Which is crazy in and of itself if you think about it.
 

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Is the article at tennisworldusa.org correct? Is Maria planning to play 3 straight weeks in October? Can she still qualify for the Elite tournament? That would be a lot of points.
She's in the official entry list of these 3 events

She still has chances to qualify for the Elite tournament, even if they are tiny
 

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I really hope she will play all 3 tournaments. I think it's important for her to raise her ranking to at least top 16 since I believe the Slams are going to just 16 seeds in 2019.
 

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She was on the entry list to play three summer events before the USO and only played in one.

I highly doubt she'll play all three, but I'll be glad to be wrong.
Did I say she will play them all? No. I just stated she's in the 3 EL after a fellow Maria fan asked if what was written on an article was correct.
 

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@Sharapovalov @Tennisvampire at least our boy save the tournament for us :sobbing: 2 back-to-back GS with career golden master after that all that happened until RG. I'm in cloud 9 :tears:
Right? :sobbing: I couldn't in my wildest dreams expect that he was gonna be back to these heights so soon after his lowests lows (this year's IW/Miami double IMO :tape:). Hell, scratch that, I didn't really believe he'd be back to regularly winning Slams at all. But then Wimbledon happened and that Nadal match, which was vintage Novak in terms of mental strength, and the rest is history. I was actually pretty sure he'd win this USO before the tournament started :lol: Which is crazy in and of itself if you think about it.
Guys I'm so happy :inlove: Like extremely happy coz I no longer take his slam wins for granted anymore after those disastrous 2 years. Can't believe he would turn everything around this quick after a horrendous first half. I remember I was so heartbroken after his RG loss and nearly gave up the idea that he would be seriously back, but wow, after that, everything has been so so good. At this stage of his career, slams are all that matter (and Cincy, but now no longer). So winning 2 slams and that particular M1000 to complete the set has made him player of the year imo. He has won 2018. This year has already been better than 2012, 2013 or 2014. Now just try to win WTF and end up as YE#1 to break more records in the future :cheer: Also, half way to the 2nd Nole Slam :eek:h:
 
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