Carlos Ramos avoided walking the streets of New York City following his controversial clash with Serena Williams in the US Open final.
In his first public comments since the 23-time Grand Slam champion charged the veteran chair umpire with a “sexist” ruling in Saturday’s final, Ramos said he avoided walking in New York City to avoid any “complications.”
“I am good, under the circumstances,” Ramos told the Portuguese publication Tribuna Expresso in comments republished by Reuters. “It’s an unhappy situation, but a-la-carte refereeing does not exist. Don’t you worry about me!”
The veteran chair umpire called Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, for illegally coaching from the stands during Naomi Osaka’s 6-2, 6-4, sweep of the six-time US Open champion in the final. Mouratoglou later admitted he had tried to coach Williams.
The 36-year-old American incurred a point penalty after smashing her racquet in the second set then berated Ramos as “a thief” who “stole” a point from her prompting the chair umpire to dock Williams a game, which gave Osaka a 5-3 second-set lead.
Williams, who continuously demanded an apology from Ramos, declined to shake his hand after the match reiterating her request for an apology.
It is unclear if the pair have spoken since.
Ramos will be in the chair for this weekend’s Davis Cup semifinal between the United States and host Croatia.
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