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Serena Williams: US Open final umpire makes interesting admission over controversy

13 September 2018

As the International Tennis Federation and Ramos' fellow umpires leapt to his defence, citing the $17,000 in fines that officials levied against Williams as proof of his competency, Simon joined tennis icon Billie Jean King in applauding Williams for bringing officiating hypocrisy to light.

Portuguese official Carlos Ramos was accused of sexism in the aftermath of the match, which saw him involved in an escalating dispute with Serena Williams that ended with him slapping the player with a one game penalty as she lost in straight sets to Naomi Osaka in NY on Saturday evening.

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'".

A few games later, Williams received another warning, this time for smashing her racket, and that second violation automatically cost her a point, leading to more arguing.

Williams accused Ramos of sexism, claiming that men get away with much worse behavior than she was penalized for.

"I am all for female athletes expressing themselves out there - I want to see it more with the younger players who I coach - and I don't think there is anything wrong with that but you have also got to know when to draw a line".

Umpires could refuse to accept the chair when Williams competes, but would call off the apparent protest if Williams apologises for her remarks.

Williams was unhappy at the violation call and complained to Ramos she hadn't taken any signals.

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After being handed a code violation for coaching earlier in the set, Williams told Ramos: "You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live".

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Ings said on Tuesday, via ESPN.

"She was insisting that she doesn't cheat - completely believable, but besides the point - while he was making a call over which he, at that point, had little discretion".

"Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis", the statement said.

Meanwhile, tennis officials threatened to boycott Williams's future matches.

"It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist".

"Don't worry about me, I'll be fine".

Ramos, who told the newspaper that he had avoided walking the streets of NY on Sunday to avoid any "complicated situations", confirmed that he would be back in the chair on Friday after the ITF appointed him to officiate the semi-final of the Davis Cup, the global men's team event, between Croatia and the United States.

Serena Williams: US Open final umpire makes interesting admission over controversy