Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams during the women’s U.S. Open Final last week, has finally spoken out about the incident.
Ramos’ decision to give Williams three code violations in the U.S. Open final, resulting in the loss of a game, told Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso he is “fine” despite criticism for the way he handled the match.
“I’m fine, given the circumstances,” Ramos said, via the Associated Press. “It’s a delicate situation, but umpiring ‘a la carte’ doesn’t exist. Don’t worry about me.”
The International Tennis Federation has defended Ramos for his actions during the final. The U.S. Open fined Williams for her three code violations.
The ITF has released the following statement relating to umpiring decisions during the 2018 #USOpen Women’s Finalhttps://t.co/unVikjmsUP pic.twitter.com/buWRnWHUFz
— ITF (@ITF_Tennis) September 10, 2018
Despite the controversy, Ramos has been assigned to officiate the Davis Cup semifinal matches between the United States and Croatia this weekend.