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Embattled umpire Ramos 'good' despite Serena Williams controversy

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Serena Williams smashes her racket during the women's final against Naomi Osaka during the 2018 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York September 8, 2018.

The U.S. Open chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, called three violations against Williams during the U.S. Open Final, a match that ultimately ended in Williams' defeat to Naomi Osaka of Japan. The WTA validated Williams' complaint that the penalties were sexist and would not have been initiated if Williams were a man. USTA President Katrina Adams said there was "no equality". The insider adds that umpires thought Ramos was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it".

"Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies", a source told The Guardian. Ramos need not have stuck so closely to the rule book as he did because his primary duty is to help players across choppy waters.

Williams explained her anger in the post-match media conference.

The officials are further enraged by the fact that it took International Tennis Federation (ITF) 48 hours to come to Ramos' support.

Serena Williams was filthy with umpire Carlos Ramos in the US Open final. 'What I say on the stage, you can lose or win a trophy, but the love from the crowd, it's could be even bigger than the tournament.

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

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 worldwide men's team event, between Croatia and the United States.

The governing body's support for Ramos came after the WTA, which operates the women's tour, was critical of the way things went between him and Williams in NY.

It shows that all three code violations issued to Williams were correct.

King, however, said Williams was not aware she had been handed a first violation and was surprised to have a point taken from her when she received a second for later smashing her racquet.

Ramos told the Portuguese newspaper, Tribuna Expresso, "I'm fine, given the circumstances".

However, the world's third-ranked men's player does not necessarily agree with the assessments of Williams and WTA chief executive Steve Simon that umpires treat women players differently from men. "We do not believe that this was done". To combat this, some umpires are weighing the idea of saying no every time they are asked to officiate a Williams match, unless she apologizes to Ramos.

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