US Open Umpire Makes First Public Statement

Cartoon branded as ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ for depiction of Serena Williams’ US Open confrontation

Ramos was "thrown to wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it", an anonymous official had told The Times.

Portuguese official Carlos Ramos was accused of sexism in the aftermath of the match, which saw him involved in an escalating dispute with Serena Williams that ended with him slapping the player with a one game penalty as she lost in straight sets to Naomi Osaka in NY on Saturday evening.

"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.

First she was warned after her coach Patrick Mouratoglou was seen communicating with her via a hand gesture and then she was docked a point after smashing her racket.

Williams, 36, suffered defeat to 20-year-old Osaka in NY on Saturday night, handing the Japanese player her first Grand Slam title. "I have a daughter, and I stand for what's right for her", Williams shouted.

"She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me, I was really happy she said that", Osaka said. Richard Ings, a retired elite Gold Badge umpire described as having close ties with active umpires told ESPN that officials feel like the WTA doesn't have their back.

It is bad enough that a star of Williams stature exploded in such a politically charged rant at the judge, but what hurt the judges even more is that both the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA) came to Williams' support on her charges against the judge.

Williams accused Ramos of sexism after the match and pointed out that male players have been more aggressive verbally with umpires than she was, but had been not been penalized the same way.

"I felt like he blew it", said King.

Asked about whether sexism played a role in the match, King said that it was still an issue in the world of tennis.

"It's a delicate situation, but a la carte arbitration does not exist". Speaking about what happened, as quoted by Tennisnet Petkovic said: 'I think it was an emotional outburst.

Ramos, who is from Portugal, spoke briefly to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso this week. "Don't you worry about me!"

The New York Times reports that Ramos has been the chair umpire in all four men's singles Grand Slam finals, as well as the men's Olympic final in 2012 in London.

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