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A leading former umpire has backed Carlos Ramos handling of the US Open final

A leading former umpire has backed Carlos Ramos handling of the US Open final

After Serena Williams lost in the final to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, all anyone could talk about was Williams' altercation with umpire Carlos Ramos that led to her being fined $17,000.

"Carlos Ramos has been a professional umpire for four decades", said Ings.

Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres' Show she said: "I couldn't tell what was going on, it was so loud and a little bit stressful".

Nonetheless, Ramos faced a lot of flak from top players, including US Open men's singles champion Novak Djokovic, who insisted that the chair umpire's decisions changed the course of the match.

She added: "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief.' For me, it blows my mind".

The ITF's support for Ramos comes after the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) expressed disappointment over the handling of the match and the USTA's plans to review of its communication policies after a string of umpiring controversies.

However, the match was largely overshadowed by Williams' outbursts at umpire Carlos Ramos, during which she branded him a "thief" and a "liar", over code violations Ramos issued.

This is said to be because the CEO of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), Steve Simon, and the U.S. Tennis Association President Katrina Adams, had released statements in support of Serena.

Others, including Billie Jean King and Chris Evert, criticized Ramos for his handling of the situation.

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If the contract goes through, this would be the biggest deal the sportswear giant has ever given to a female tennis player and it could propel Osaka up the ranks on Forbes' 2018 list of highest paid female athletes, which Williams now leads.

The 20-year-old is getting more accustomed to her new fame but she's still the same shy, giggly girl you saw win Indian Wells for her first career title and then beat Serena Williams in NY on Saturday.

She also admitted the toll that competitive sports have on your mental health. "They are all fearful that they could be the next Ramos".

"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist".

But Ings, who maintains strong contacts among active officials, said any organized action is unlikely.

Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso reported that Ramos had avoided walking the streets of NY on Sunday to avoid any "complicated situations".

Meanwhile, tennis umpires are also considering forming a union as they feel no one is standing up for them.

"You're stressing me out", Osaka quipped, somewhat sheepishly.

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