The tennis umpire that came under fire from player, Serena Williams, after he called three violations on her during the U.S. Open Final is speaking up for the first time since, saying he’s “fine.”
The U.S. Open chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, called three violations against Williams during the U.S. Open Final, a match that ultimately ended in Williams’ defeat to Naomi Osaka of Japan.
The three violations:
- Illegal coaching
- Racquet abuse
- Verbal abuse
The verbal abuse violation came after Williams took shots at him, calling him a “liar” and a “thief.”
At first, many quickly spoke up in defense of Williams’ claims that Ramos had different standards for men and women.
Williams accused the umpire of sexism:
“Do you know how many other men do things that are much worse than that? This is not fair. There’s a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things, and because they are men, that doesn’t happen to them.
There are men out here that do a lot worse but because I’m a woman, because I’m a woman you’re going to take this away from me? That is not right.”
Ramos told the Portuguese newspaper, Tribuna Expresso, “I’m fine, given the circumstances. It’s a delicate situation, but umpiring ‘a la carte’ doesn’t exist. Don’t worry about me.”
He received an abundance of support from family, colleagues, players, and former players, according to the newspaper.
He also decided to stay indoors the day after to avoid any angry fans.
The umpiring community also had Ramos’ back, as they have threatened to boycott Williams’ matches.
“There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials,” an anonymous source told The Guardian.
“Umpires keep asking: ‘What if it was me in that chair on Saturday?’ There is a widespread feeling that Carlos was hung out to dry for nearly 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials.”
Ramos’ umpiring career will continue as he is expected to officiate the Davis Cup semifinal matches starting September 14.