The apparent plot to refuse the chair when Williams competes is seemingly a direct response to the treatment Carlos Ramos received for slapping Williams with three code violations during the American's 2-6, 4-6 US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka on September 8.
Ramos is deemed one of the more experienced umpires in the game with nearly 30 years of experience but for overseeing the Grand Slam final he received a fee of just £370 - a standard daily rate.
The potential stance comes after the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) supported the athlete following her claims of sexism against chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the final. ". Obviously Naomi deserved to win and she played wonderful", Curry said.
"You're told to just turn around and try to focus so I tried to do that", Osaka said. "Overall I felt really happy and know I accomplished a lot".
"I'm going to buy them a TV so they can watch your show", Osaka said.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) also supported Williams' claims, while Billie Jean King, founder of the WTA and victor of 12 grand slam singles titles, told CNN Tuesday that though Williams was "out of line", Ramos had aggravated the situation.
Much of the criticism of Williams has centered on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologize for beating the home favorite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos.
It took two days for the International Tennis Federation to stick up for Ramos, saying he acted with "integrity". But the U.S. Tennis Association and Women's Tennis Association have come out in support of Williams, which has angered the umpire community. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), "A Champion's Mind".
Others, including Billie Jean King and Chris Evert, criticized Ramos for his handling of the situation.
But arguably the best part of the interview, was Osaka's answer to being asked how her younger self would react if told she won the U.S. Open.
"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist". I said 'arigatou,' " Osaka said, using the Japanese words for "congratulations" and "thank you".
Ramos was unable to defend himself over the weekend as the rules prevent umpires from commenting on the matches they oversee.
"If talking to the media is not allowed, and governing bodies are speaking out against them, what are umpires supposed to do?" a source privy to discussions has told the news daily. "They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls".