ITF backed umpire Carlos Ramos during Serena Williams’s meltdown in US Open final
Umpire Carlos Ramos has been praised for acting with professionalism and integrity by the ITF (International Tennis Federation).
But in US Open final, Carlos Ramos labeled a liar and a thief by Serena Williams.
US Open 2018: Naomi Osaka wins the grand slam trophy by beaten opponent Serena Williams on-court meltdown.
Serena launched an astonishing verbal attack on umpire Ramos’s chair as she crashed to a shock 6-2, 6-4 defeat by Japan’s Naomi Osaka on Saturday.
23-time Grand Slam champion was given three code violations by Ramos—
The first after she was blamed for getting in-game training.
The second to smash a racket.
While the third and last for the verbal abuse of the umpire.
These violations, giving Osaka a 5-3 second set lead that effectively gifted her the title.
Williams had demanded an apology from Ramos during her rant and later called the punishment “sexist” while claiming she was fighting for women’s rights because male players got away with similar antics.
But the ITF, world tennis’ governing body, responded to the controversy by insisting Ramos was well within his rights to hand down the penalties.
“Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis. Mr. Ramos’ decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the US Open’s decision to find Serena Williams for the three offenses,” an ITF statement said.
“In the meantime, it’s important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an authority as per the relevant rule book and acted constantly with professionalism and uprightness.”
Serena Williams $17,000 fine for the code violations, imposed by the United States Tennis Association, will be deducted from the $1.85 million prizes she received as the runner-up to Osaka.