Umpire Carlos Ramos has defended his conduct in last week’s controversial US Open women’s final featuring Serena Williams. The fallout from Naomi Osaka’s straight-sets win over Williams at Flushing Meadows shows no signs of coming to an end and Ramos has finally had his chance to give his side of the story.
The Portuguese handed out three court violations to 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams on Saturday, docking her a point and a game, prompting a heated on-court argument between the pair.
Willams claimed Ramos’ behaviour was sexist as he would not have punished a male player as harshly with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) backing her notion.
However, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has defended Ramos, calling him one of the most respected officials on the circuit.
The 47-year-old has now revealed that he did not walk on the streets of New York on Sunday to avoid any “complicated situations” but plans to get back in the chair on Friday for Croatia’s Davis Cup semi-final against the United States.
“I am good, under the circumstances,” Ramos told Portugal’s Tribuna Expresso. “It’s an unhappy situation but a-la-carte refereeing doesn’t exist. Don’t you worry about me!”