Carlos Ramos responds to Serena Williams controversy: A la carte refereeing doesn’t exist

first_imgCarlos Ramos has finally broken his silence since the much discussed final of the women’s singles final at he US Open involving Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.His first public statement since the US Open was that he was “good” despite the firestorm of controversy.The 47-year-old Portuguese handed out three code violations to runner-up Williams on Saturday, prompting a heated on-court argument with the 23-times Grand Slam champion and sparking a debate about sexism in tennis.READ – WTA comes out in support of Serena after chair umpire row”I am good, under the circumstances,” Ramos was quoted as saying in Portugal’s Tribuna Expresso.”It’s an unhappy situation but a la carte refereeing doesn’t exist.”Don’t you worry about me!” Ramos, who told the newspaper that he had avoided walking the streets of New York on Sunday to avoid any “complicated situations”, confirmed he would be back in the chair on Friday in Zadar, Croatia.READ – Billie Jean King softens stance on Serena Williams controversyThe International Tennis Federation (ITF), which on Monday issued a statement describing Ramos as one of the most respected umpires in tennis, has appointed him to officiate the semi-final of the Davis Cup, the international men’s team event, between Croatia and the United States.The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) both publicly backed the allegations of sexism levelled at Ramos after Saturday’s match.READ – Serena Williams calls chair umpire a thief, accuses him of sexismWilliams was fined $17,000 and docked a point and a game for three code violations during the match, including breaking a racket and verbally abusing the umpire.advertisementBillie Jean King, the former world number one who founded the WTA in the 1970s, said on Tuesday all sides shared blame for the incident, saying Williams was “out of line” but that Ramos could have prevented the controversy with more leniency and clearer communication.Ramos was unable to defend himself in public in New York as the row escalated over the weekend as ITF rules prevent umpires from commenting on their matches.READ – ITF defends chair umpire Carlos Ramos after US Open rowThe incident sparked another social media storm on Monday when a cartoon was published in an Australian newspaper depicting Williams with exaggerated features, which civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson among others described as “racist”.The Herald Sun, owned by News Corp, defied allegations of racism on Wednesday when it reprinted the cartoon on its front page, attempting to portray the controversy as a matter of freedom of speech.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more