U.S. Open chair umpire Carlos Ramos says he is 'fine'

Silvia Morton
September 14, 2018

Spotlight: Portuguese tennis umpire Carlos Ramos attends the draw ahead of the Davis Cup semi-final between Croatia and the United States.

Williams was fined $17,000 for the rules violations, and the International Tennis Federation backed Ramos, saying his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules".

The jeers mostly were a response to the controversy that overshadowed the match: The chair umpire assessed Williams a full game penalty after she berated him for accusing her of cheating by taking illegal coaching.

Ramos is a gold-badge umpire for the ITF, who have released a statement in support of him.

She also moved to excuse Williams' behaviour during an interview with ESPN the following day when she suggested Williams would not have expected her outburst towards Ramos to have been captured on live TV.

The Times reported that the incident has sparked outrage among umpires and they are coming together as a profession. (As a reminder, Williams was issued three violations from Ramos for the following reasons: coaching, racket abuse, and verbal abuse.) While Osaka ultimately remained in a game-ready headspace, it didn't come easy with the less-than-friendly surroundings.

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According to one reporter on the scene, Adams was overheard making an apology.

It constitutes a huge backflip from the USTA, which has been Williams' biggest supporter.

Ramos has since spoken out about the backlash via Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.

Ramos has said that he is "fine, given the circumstances" days after the match, however. "It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte' doesn't exist. Don't worry about me".

Williams' behaviour divided the tennis world after she called the chair umpire a "liar" and a "thief" and said he treated her differently than male players during her loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan. The number-one-world ranked athlete threw a veritable temper tantrum on the court Saturday, which began when she incurred a penalty and escalated as she was penalized further by umpire Carlos Ramos for her behaviour. "The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Richard Ings, a former top-level umpire who is now retired, told ESPN. "They had everything to do with observing clear breaches of the grand slam code of conduct and then having the courage to call them without fear or favour".

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