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Serena Williams umpire Carlos Ramos breaks his silence about US Open

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Moreover, a source identified as a tennis "senior figure" told The Guardian, "There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials. We do not believe that this was done last night", CEO Steve Simon said in a statement. Critics say his exaggerated depiction of Williams's physical features is reminiscent of historically racist cartoons and that he white washed the appearance of Japan's Osaka by drawing her with a blonde ponytail.

Yet Australian Margaret Court, whose tally of Grand Slam singles titles is being chased by Williams, had little sympathy for the 36-year-old American former world number one.

"I've said far worse", McEnroe, a seven-times Grand Slam singles victor, said on ESPN. Later in the same set, Ramos cited her for breaking her racket in frustration, and when she called him a "thief" for the resulting penalty that cost her a point, he issued a third violation that cost her a game.

She added: "He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief.' For me, it blows my mind". Williams, who was on the ropes against Osaka, went on to lose, 6-2, 6-4, and was fined $17,000. It was at this point that Ramos called a code violation for verbal abuse.

It was hard to miss the fireworks igniting on the court Saturday inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, but as US Open champ Naomi Osaka recalls, she wasn't exactly in tune. During the ESPN broadcast of the trophy ceremony, Williams tried to quiet the racuous, booing crowd of 20,000-plus and put her arm around Osaka.

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Williams in the moment blamed sexism, sparking a debate about the way female tennis players are judged. Umpires are discussing whether they could take action to stand up for their profession.

The Czech star also gave her backing to Ramos while slating the WTA, who bizarrely came out in defence of Williams. "That is not right", she protested. Gold badge umpire Richard Ings told ESPN that the umpire fraternity is "thoroughly disturbed" by how they have been treated in this situation.

"We should not let her record, as glowing as it is, overshadow the fact that on this day, in this match Williams was wrong", Ings wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald. "Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules...."

Ramos was unable to defend himself over the weekend as the rules prevent umpires from commenting on the matches they oversee.

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