US Open umpire on Serena Williams controversy: Do not worry about me

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The tennis umpire engulfed in the Serena Williams controversy has spoken out three days after the chaotic US Open women’s final.

“I’m fine, given the circumstances,’’ Carlos Ramos, the umpire, on Tuesday told Tribuna Expresso in his native Portugal. “It’s a delicate situation, but ‘a la carte’ arbitration does not exist. Do not worry about me!”

Ramos told the newspaper that he has received hundreds of messages of support from family members and current and former players. According to the author of the article, Ramos is “sure of his performance” in Saturday’s match but declined to say more because tennis referees are prohibited from talking publicly about match specifics.

Williams accused Ramos of sexism following her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka, during which the chair umpire issued Williams three code violations, the final one which resulted in the loss of a game.

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