Wimbledon president Philip Brook said Serena Williams' loss to the US Open final "was not good for tennis," although she insists she will never happen at the All England Club.
Williams was at the center of a controversial direct loss to Naomi Osaka in New York, where the former world number one sent a remarkable note against chairman Carlos Ramos.
The 37-year-old US superstar claimed that women are treated differently than men after they received a series of code violations at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Looking for a twenty-fourth Grand Slam, Williams was outraged to receive a code violation for training, insisted he had not received guidance from his box, and then picked up a racket abuse penalty. before a prolonged diatribe in Ramos resulted in a game robbed by verbal abuse – the veteran called the referee a "thief" and a "liar".
Discussing the incident, Brook believes that seven-time Wimbledon champion Williams was under pressure in front of his local audience, while Ramos was doing his job.
"People told me: Would that happen at Wimbledon?" Brook told reporters. "My first reaction is maybe I could, but I really wonder [about] the uniqueness of circumstances in New York.
" You have a very partisan crowd that really wanted Serena to win. There is a great amount that rests in this match because it is a match to equal the record of Margaret Court [of 24 grand-slam titles].
"It's a bit like a cauldron When you walk on the court, it's not like a Wimbledon final." The Wimbledon final [where Williams had lost to Angelique Kerber eight weeks earlier] was similar in some ways, but it was not your local audience in your home country. I imagined that the pressure on her was even greater than ever because of those circumstances, and we all saw what happened 19659002] "I think she was under a lot of pressure, I think he [Ramos] was doing his job and what was developed , it developed. It was not a good look for tennis. "