US Open final umpire Ramos gets US-Croatia Davis Cup

Oscar Cross
September 13, 2018

Tennis umpires are reportedly considering a boycott of matches involving Serena Williams after her incident with chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the U.S. open final, according to the United Kingdom paper The Times.

Williams launched an astonishing verbal attack on chair umpire Ramos as she crashed to a shock 6-2, 6-4 defeat by Japan's Naomi Osaka on Saturday. Both players were booed as they wept during an emotional trophy-presentation ceremony in which Williams asked the crowd to "make this the best moment we can". "You're told to just turn around and try to focus, so I tried to do that, but in my mind I was sort of - like I really wanted to know what was going on".

The USTA credited Williams for behaving with class after the match, which she lost.

"He needed to tell Serena he can't apologise, he did the right thing there, he's got to be the boss - but all he had to say to Serena is: 'I am not attacking your character'".

The US Open fined Williams $17,000 for her protestations, although she collected $1.85 million for finishing runner-up at Flushing Meadows. Others, including Billie Jean King and Chris Evert, criticized Ramos for his handling of the situation.

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", retired Gold Badge umpire Richard Ings said, according to ESPN's Peter Bodo.

"At the end of the day, I hope everybody understands and celebrates Naomi because she's the U.S. Open champion and that's pretty dope".

"I do not believe there is a formal boycott in place so I do not think we need to take any action in regards to a boycott", a spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association told HuffPost on Wednesday. "We do not believe that this was done last night", CEO Steve Simon said in a statement. Later in the same set, Ramos cited her for breaking her racket in frustration, and when she called him a "thief" for the resulting penalty that cost her a point, he issued a third violation that cost her a game.

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

"But umpiring "a la carte" is something that does not exist".

"Serena was out of line, there's no question, no one's saying she was a good sport", King said. "Don't you worry about me", the 47-year-old is quoted as saying in the newspaper.

Meanwhile, tennis umpires are also considering forming a union as they feel no one is standing up for them.

Ramos will return to the chair on Friday, officiating the men's semi-final of the Davis Cup, he confirmed.

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