In an interview to The Times, Roger Federer is back to speak about the controversial case surrounding Serena Williams and the chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the US Open. The Swiss player did not want to stay on one side or the other, but he shared a valuable opinion.
'It’s a melange of all things, but at some point, I feel like Serena should have walked away', Federer suggested. 'She did, but she went too far. She should have walked earlier. It’s a little bit excusable.
The umpire maybe should not have pushed her there. It’s unfortunate, but an incredible case study.' Federer also made a comparison between tennis and other sports, referring to the boxer Conor McGregor. 'You see the UFC guy [the boxer Conor McGregor] throw a railing, or in other sports, they spit and swear at each other on a regular basis.
I dove into the situation with Serena on so many levels, to understand the umpire, Osaka, Serena, the crowd.' Federer also commented on Alize Cornet switching her catsuit in mid-match at the US Open: 'What was the problem with taking the T-shirt off, or the catsuit? Serena has worn crazier stuff in the past.
Guys have worn crazier stuff. It was a big deal when Tommy Haas wore a sleeveless top at the US Open and then, all of a sudden, it was allowed. For me, it was a bit of nonsense. Just chill out for a second. I was totally on the women’s side.
Leave them alone. They are not coming on court wearing wings.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer explains why he is not the greatest player ever