Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Ex-umpire: US Open umpire Carlos Ramos 'thrown under bus'

Williams, who was under the impression the first violation had been rescinded, returned to Ramos to seek an apology for saying she had received coaching earlier.

But it seems as she had been preparing for the moment for a long time.

"I have my personal opinion that maybe the chair umpire should not have pushed Serena to the limit, especially in a Grand Slam final", Djokovic said in the aftermath of his US Open victory against Juan Martin del Potro.

"There's no equality when it comes to what the men are doing to the chair umpires and what the women are doing, and I think there has to be some consistency across the board", Adams continued.

Osaka also said that she felt confident going into the match that she would win.

And it turns out Osaka actually has a new reason to feel happy.

Serena Williams of the United States (2nd R), while being interviewed after her defeat in the Women's Singles finals match to Naomi Osaka (2nd L), of Japan at the 2018 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City on September 8, 2018.

The incident began when Williams was penalized for allegedly receiving direction from her coach on the sidelines via hand signals, which is a violation of US Open rules. She later smashed her racket on the court, resulting in a point penalty and more choice words for Ramos.

Williams claimed the male umpire only handed her a game penalty because he was being sexist but Strycova disagrees with those remarks. Ramos issued another code violation, costing Williams the game.

"When you're little you're taught not to look at if your opponent gets angry, you're told to just turn around and try to focus, so I tried to do that", Osaka said. "If it's like this, let me know". Osaka also named Williams as one of her idols and understandably was very happy to have the 23-time Grand Slam champion's blessing despite the controversial outcome.

Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso reported that Ramos had avoided walking the streets of NY on Sunday to avoid any "complicated situations".

As the International Tennis Federation and Ramos' fellow umpires leapt to his defence, citing the $17,000 in fines that officials levied against Williams as proof of his competency, Simon joined tennis icon Billie Jean King in applauding Williams for bringing officiating hypocrisy to light. It's a delicate situation, but "a la carte" arbitration does not exist. "Do not worry about me!"

He also made a decision to stay indoors the day after to avoid any angry fans.

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