Tennis: Murray Rubbishes Serena Williams Claims Of Sexism From Umpires
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.
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.”