US Open Umpire Makes First Public Statement

- Oct 27, 2020-

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the governing organization for international tennis.

It defended Ramos in a statement on Monday: “Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis. Mr. Ramos’ decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules….” It added that US Open organizers confirmed Ramos’ decisions when they decided to fine Williams for the three offenses.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), however, supported Williams’ accusations that Ramos’ actions were based in sexism.

Billie Jean King is a former world number one player who founded the WTA. She said on Tuesday both sides shared the blame for the incident.

She described Williams’ behavior on court as “out of line.” She added that Ramos could have prevented the incident with clear communication.

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