Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

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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".

Naomi Osaka has revealed for the first time what Serena Williams said while comforting her over her shock US Open win.

Meanwhile, tennis officials threatened to boycott Williams's future matches.

There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials.

In the absence of any official support for Ramos until Monday, it was left to two former senior umpires, Mike Morrissey and Richard Ings, to defend the Portuguese official. He has also been on the chair for the women's singles finals at three of the four majors - the French Open in 2005, Wimbledon in 2008 and at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.

"It is understandable that this high profile and regrettable incident should provoke debate", the ITF added.

While Williams was immediately backed by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and hailed as a hero by countless feminists and the establishment media, Ramos kept quiet, as International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules bar umpires from commenting on their matches. Williams' behaviour in the final has divided the fraternity.

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

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Now, Ramos has come on his defence and says that he is really concerned about the hatred Liverpool supporters have on him. I never wanted to hurt an opponent on the pitch, of course, so my conscience is really clear about what I did that night.

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.

"I think for this year my immediate goal would be to get to Singapore", said Osaka after putting herself firmly in contention to reach the season-ending WTA Finals.

Williams was given a code violation warning during the final on September 8 when the umpire ruled that she was getting hand signals from her coach in the stands.

"What happened on court in this particular match is not something that is going to trouble professional umpires". The third code violation resulted in a game penalty for Williams.

According to a report from Buzzfeed News, Williams was fined 4,000 USD for a coaching warning, 3,000 USD for smashing her racket on the tennis court floor, and 10,000 USD for "verbal abuse" against umpire Carlos Ramos.

Williams fans in the crowd, angry over her exchange with the umpire, continued to boo.

His appearance could prove awkward after several figures from the US Tennis Association, including president Katrina Adams, publicly supported Williams in her sexism allegations.

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