Men not treated more le­niently, says Mur­ray

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Bri­tain’s Jamie Mur­ray has re­jected claims of men be­ing treated more le­niently than women by um­pires.

Ser­ena Wil­liams was docked a game by Por­tuguese of­fi­cial Car­los Ramos for ver­bal abuse dur­ing her US Open fi­nal de­feat against Naomi Osaka last week.

The Amer­i­can claimed it was “sex­ist” and her view was en­dorsed by for­mer cham­pion Bil­lie-Jean King, who said there was a “dou­ble stan­dard”.

Mur­ray said it was “a bit far-fetched” to say men are treated dif­fer­ently.

Wil­liams was seek­ing to equal Mar­garet Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam sin­gles ti­tles and was fac­ing 20-year-old Osaka at Flush­ing Mead­ows in her first ma­jor fi­nal.

The 36-year-old had al­ready had a point penalty for smash­ing her rac­quet and a code vi­o­la­tion for coach­ing when she was pe­nalised fur­ther for call­ing Ramos a “thief” and a “liar” in New York.

Speak­ing on the eve of Great Bri­tain’s Davis Cup match with Uzbek­istan in Glas­gow, US Open mixed dou­bles cham­pion Mur­ray told BBC Sport: “I think the um­pire did what was within his rights.

“Coach­ing is com­mon, a lot of peo­ple are do­ing it, some peo­ple aren’t get­ting called for it. To get called in a Grand Slam fi­nal was per­haps a bit tight, but I think the re­ac­tion was pretty over­board.

“I’ve seen a lot of peo­ple get called for coach­ing be­fore, and you might have a grum­ble and stuff, but you get on with it.”

Ramos will um­pire Croa­tia v USA in the Davis Cup this week­end. Speak­ing be­fore the tie, US cap­tain Jim Courier told the AP news agency: “It’s been po­larised and in some ways politi­cised. But we have no doubt that Car­los was just en­forc­ing the rules as he sees them.”

Amer­i­can player Steve John­son added: “Look, I don’t want this to come out the wrong way, but he en­forced rules that have been en­forced on me over the years.

“I’ve never been called for coach­ing, but the rac­quet abuse, the ver­bal abuse, that’s just part of the sport. I think a lot of it maybe got over-am­pli­fied be­cause it was the fi­nals of the US Open.”

Women’s gov­ern­ing body the WTA sup­ported Wil­liams and chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Si­mon said the um­pire showed her a dif­fer­ent level of tol­er­ance over her out­bursts than if she had been a man.

The In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion, mean­while, de­fended 47-year-old Ramos and said he acted “at all times with pro­fes­sion­al­ism and in­tegrity”.

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