While tennis legend Billy Jean King backed Williams" accusation insisting there was a "double standard', many have condemned the 23-time Grand Slam victor for losing her temper.
In the category of stories that are nearly too cute to print comes this tidbit involving new US Open champion Naomi Osaka, buff "Black Panther" actor Michael B. Jordan and the always-starting-something Ellen DeGeneres.
Tennis umpires are reportedly considering boycotting matches involving Serena Williams after the athlete's controversial loss in the U.S. Open women's tennis final on Saturday.
It was at the point she called him a "thief" that Ramos penalised Williams for verbal abuse, and docked her a game.
The spotlight on Ramos will continue this weekend as the umpire takes charge of the Davis Cup match between Croatia and USA. "I just think, I am me". Williams in the moment blamed sexism, sparking a debate about the way female tennis players are judged.
The move could be smart business from Adidas, pitting the younger Osaka against the 36-year-old Williams, who is one of the most prominent faces of rivals Nike, and who will have no doubt lost some public favor after her shocking outburst during their match.
While the top women players typically make less in endorsements than the top men, they draw more fans than men to the final, especially when Williams is in the match.
"This week has been a dream come to life, and I'm so honored to represent Japan and Nissan on the world stage", Osaka said in a statement. Ramos, meanwhile, was paid £370 ($480) as a "standard daily rate" for umpiring, The Times says.
The criticisms of Ramos, the Times of London source said, prompted "a growing consensus that umpires were "not supported" by the USTA on several occasions, and that Ramos was 'thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it'".
"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist".
Australian former umpire Richard Ings also reported feelings of unrest. "They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos".