ITF defends chair umpire Carlos Ramos after US Open row

first_imgThe International Tennis Federation (ITF) has given its backing to chair umpire Carlos Ramos after the US Open final row involving Serena Williams.Ramos was called a “liar” and a “thief” by Serena during her final defeat by Japan’s Naomi Osaka on Saturday.Williams, who was seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, was given a warning for a coaching violation before incurring a point penalty for smashing her racket. She then argued with Ramos, which cost her a game.The ITF has released the following statement relating to umpiring decisions during the 2018 #USOpen Women’s Final (@ITF_Tennis) September 10, 2018The six-times US Open champion was fined $17,000 by the United States Tennis Association for her outburst.Also read – Is Serena Williams a bad loser? Opinions after Naomi Osaka wins US Open”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 reaffirmed by the US Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences,” the ITF said in a statement on Monday.Also read – Serena Williams fined USD 17000 for rule violations in US Open final”It is understandable that this high profile and regrettable incident should provoke debate. At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.”(With Reuters inputs)advertisementlast_img

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