Portuguese official Carlos Ramos was accused of sexism in the aftermath of the match, which saw him involved in an escalating dispute with Serena Williams that ended with him slapping the player with a one game penalty as she lost in straight sets to Naomi Osaka in NY on Saturday evening. "One suggestion being floated is to refuse any match assignments involving Williams until she apologises for vilifying Ramos and calling him a "liar" and a "thief". For me to say 'thief, ' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark.
Ramos need not have stuck so closely to the rule book as he did because his primary duty is to help players across choppy waters.
"Yeah I think she was a spoiled brat", he said.
The International Tennis Federation defended Ramos on Monday, saying his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules" and he "acted at all times with professionalism and integrity". However, that show of support reportedly was too slow in the making to mollify the umpires' colleagues.
The drastic step comes after Williams accused chair umpire, Ramos of sexism, after the latter handed three code violations, including a game penalty, to the American tennis star in her straight-set defeat to Naomi Osaka on Saturday.
"Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis".
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There are now discussions about boycotting Williams' matches between a group of umpires that lack a body to represent their interests.
DailyMail.com reached out to the ITF about Ramos' interview, asking if he would be punished or fined, and a rep for the agency said that they were not in a position to comment on the matter but someone would be in contact.
"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Richard Ings, a former top-level umpire who is now retired, told ESPN on Tuesday. "They had everything to do with observing clear breaches of the grand slam code of conduct and then having the courage to call them without fear or favour". "It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", the 47-year-old told Portugal's Tribuna Expresso. "Do not worry about me!"
Williams' heated exchanges with an umpire at the tournament final this week have stirred the tennis world.
"W$3 e can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with", she wrote for the New York Times this week.
"Because the young player outplayed her in the first set, I think pressure got her more than anything".
The incident has gobbled headlines all week, with some, such as Billie Jean King and USTA head Katrina Adams, saying tennis has a double standard in which men are not similarly punished for outbursts and others, such as Martina Navratilova and Mary Carillo, defending tennis's rules.