US Open final umpire Ramos gets US-Croatia Davis Cup

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"There's no one more experienced, no one more knowledgeable, no one more capable as an umpire than Carlos Ramos".

The International Tennis Federation, however, issued its own statement supporting Ramos, who is a contracted gold badge umpire with the organization.

The American's behavior has divided opinion, with Billie Jean King among the high-profile figures to come out in support of Williams in the face of fierce criticism from some quarters. He has reached 14 Grand Slams to level with Pete Sampras and looks good for a few more.

Roger Federer was fined just $1,500 for a berating an umpire with an expletive during the 2009 U.S. Open, and Adams pointed out that the amount of fines is at the discretion of the administrator of the four Grand Slam events, not the USTA. "The incidents on the court are not the issue", he added. The USTA praised Williams for her conduct after the match, whereas WTA CEO Steve Simon said that "there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women".

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According to the Guardian, the sport's top umpires are considering forming a union as a result of the fallout from the women's final. The ITF said that Ramos had been "in accordance with the relevant rules " and "acted at all times with professionalism and integrity".

DeGeneres assured the softly-spoken Osaka, who is only 20 and admitted in the past that Williams was her childhood hero, that she was a deserved victor of the tournament.

"You're told to just turn around and try to focus, so I tried to do that, but in my mind I was sort, I really wanted to know what was going on".

"At the end of the day, I hope everybody understands and celebrates Naomi because she's the U.S. Open champion and that's pretty dope".

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"I'm fine, given the circumstances", Ramos told Tribuna Expresso, a Portuguese news outlet. "For me to say "thief", and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark", she said, arguing that male athletes can and have said worse without receiving penalties.

Other umpires are coming out in support of Ramos and are reported to be discussing a possible boycott of Serena Williams' matches. Ramos then penalized Williams a point after she destroyed her racket in anger, and docked her an entire game after she subsequently called the umpire a "liar" and a "thief" for stealing her point.

Umpire Christian Rask was also criticised after he gave Frenchwoman Alize Cornet a code violation for removing her shirt on court after she realised she had put it on back-to-front in the locker room during a mid-match heat break.

While it is possible that the current crop of young tennis players may start asking umpires for an apology when their ball is called out, it seems more likely that the 2018 US Open women's singles final will be remembered as a catalyst for future change in the sport of professional tennis.

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