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US Open Umpire Makes First Public Statement

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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. "So I was really happy with what she said".

"For me, I'm just me", said Osaka, when asked whether she represented a "new Japan".

The International Tennis Federation supported Ramos in a statement released Monday, saying that his decisions were "in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses".

Tennis umpires are reportedly considering a boycott of matches involving Serena Williams after her outburst in the US Open final against Naomi Osaka. She later was fined $17,000 ($10,000 for verbal abuse, $4,000 for the coaching violation and $3,000 for racket abuse).

According to McEnroe, Ramos should not have given Williams a violation for breaking her racquet and should have warned her early on about what would happen if she did not move on.

Much of the criticism of Williams has centred on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologise for beating the home favourite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos. Williams was already down, and ultimately lost the final.

The Serena Williams controversy has stirred resentment among tennis umpires ― and they are considering a boycott of her future matches, according to reports.

One of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time divided tennis and triggered a debate about sexism in the sport, fuelled by Williams's assertion that Ramos would not have dealt with a male player in the same way.

"I've seen a lot of people get called for coaching before, and you might have a grumble and stuff, but you get on with it".

Ramos, who is from Portugal, spoke briefly to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso this week.

"It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", added the 47-year-old seasoned umpire. "Do not worry about me!"

In the brief interview with his native-country paper, he did not talk much about the match itself, but said he has received hundreds of messages of support from family members and current and former players.

Ramos' umpiring career will continue as he is expected to officiate the Davis Cup semifinal matches starting September 14.