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Umpires consider boycott following Serena controversy, Carlos Ramos finally speaks out

Kachi Wachuku in News 12 Sep 2018
  • Tennis umpires feels Ramos was 'thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job'
  • Chair officials consider forming union and possible boycott of future Serena matches
Carlos Ramos. (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tennis umpires voice their dismay following reactions to Serena Williams controversy in US Open women's final

Following worldwide criticism of Saturday's US Open women's final, umpires are expressing their discontent about the treatment of Carlos Ramos by tennis' governing bodies.

According to a report by The Times, an anonymous official claims that umpires felt they are frequently 'not supported' by the USTA, and umpire Ramos was "thrown to the wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to get abused for it." A piece by The Guardian also reports that umpires feel Ramos was 'hung out to dry' and "no one is standing up for officials." This has led to discussions between umpires of possibly boycotting future matches involving Williams.

Though umpires are prohibited from speaking out publicly under the terms of their contracts, a source told The Guardian, "Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies." This further fuels talks of a possible union as a means to defend themselves in these types of situations.

"There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials," a senior figure told The Guardian. "Umpires keep asking: 'What if it was me in that chair on Saturday?' There is a widespread feeling that Carlos(Ramos) was hung out to dry for nearly 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials."

Ramos being escorted off the court before the trophy ceremony for champion Naomi Osaka and runner-up Serena Williams on Arthur Ashe stadium. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

In a statement released by the International Tennis Federation, the body backed Ramos by insisting the umpire acted with professionalism and integrity throughout the match. The statement goes on to say, “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 re-affirmed by the US Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences.”

Ramos himself has offered a statement for the first time since the incident, telling Portugal's Tribuna Expresso he was "good under the circumstances," despite the backlash. "It's an unhappy situation but a la carte referring doesn't exist," the 47-year old said. "Don't you worry about me."

He goes on to tell his native newspaper that though he has avoided walking the streets of New York city to avoid any 'complicated situations', he will be back to work on Friday, officiating the Davis Cup semi-final between Croatia and the United States. 

Serena Williams has since been fined a total of $17,000 for her on-court outbursts.

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