The umpire at the centre of the Serena Williams storm has broken his silence, insisting that decision-making from the chair is not something that can be done ‘a la carte’.
Portuguese official Carlos Ramos is due on Friday to umpire the Davis Cup semi-final match between Croatia and the United States, creating a potentially awkward situation involving one of his most outspoken critics following Saturday’s US Open women’s final.
Katrina Adams is President of the US Tennis Association, which runs the tournament, and in the wake of the controversy she was among those rushing to Williams’s defence and casting aspersions on the umpire, suggesting that he would have allowed men to get away with similar behaviour.
ow he is faced with umpiring the team representing the national association that she leads.
There was some confusion at the International Tennis Federation on Tuesday over whether Ramos would be travelling to the tie in Zadar.
Initially the ITF officiating department refused to comment on whether he would be on duty at the high profile match, although other sources there said they still expected him to officiate.
Earlier in the day Ramos had briefly spoken to Portuguese publication Tribuna Expresso. While unable to comment specifically on the Williams incident, in which he docked her a game penalty for three code violations, he said: ‘It’s a delicate situation. But umpiring ‘a la carte’ is something that does not exist. Don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine’.