ITF defends US Open chair umpire
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is defending the chair umpire who gave Serena Williams three code violations during the US Open final, saying his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules."
Williams was cited by Carlos Ramos three times on Saturday during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka: for getting coaching signals; for breaking her racket, which cost her a point; and for calling Ramos a thief, which cost her a game.
On Sunday, the tournament referee docked Williams US$10,000 (J$1.3 million) for "verbal abuse" of the chair umpire, US$4,000 (J$550,000) for being warned for coaching, and US$3,000 (J$412,000) for breaking her racket.
The ITF said in a statement yesterday that Ramos' citations were "reaffirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences"
The governing body of tennis added that "Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity."