US Open: Chair umpire Ramos ‘good’ despite controversy

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Williams, who called Ramos a "liar" and "thief" during the match she lost to Naomi Osaka, has alleged sexism played a role in the umpire docking her a game on Saturday.

An anonymous official told The Times that there was 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.

In the wake of the incidents, The Guardian reports umpires feel Ramos was "hung out to dry for almost 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials". That has led to talk of a boycott, with the Guardian reporting that umpires feel Ramos was "hung out to dry" while "no one is standing up for officials", lending renewed energy to long-standing discussions about unionizing.

There are now discussions about boycotting Williams' matches between a group of umpires that lack a body to represent their interests.

"Thank you, Serena Williams, for calling out this double standard".

The International Tennis Federation has defended Ramos for his actions during the final.

The first Japanese player to win a grand slam admitted she was "a little bit sad" her US Open triumph ended in boos after Serena was embroiled in a controversial row with the umpire. "Because I am a woman you are going to take this away from me?"

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Ings told ESPN.




Williams, a 36-year-old American, was fined a total of $17,000 by the U.S. Open's tournament referee the next day for three code violations.

A tennis official told the publication that umpires felt "not supported" by the United States Tennis Association.

The Women's Tennis Association made a similar argument, claiming that men and women professional tennis players are treated differently by umpires.

Carlos Ramos sparked Williams' on-court outburst by giving her three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday evening.

Ramos spoke very briefly about the US Open women's final to Tribuna Expresso in his native Portugal. The publication says Osaka is likely to become "a branding sensation".

Widmaier said the feeling at USTA is that there needs to be a push to ensure consistency in the application of the rules, including coaching violations and shirt changes by women players. There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things, and because they are men, that doesn't happen to them.

But former British number one Annabel Croft didn't think Carlos Ramos was sexist, rather that he's a strict official "who takes nothing from any opponent whether they're male or female". "I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world's best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting", he said.

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