The International Tennis Federation has praised Carlos Ramos for acting with "professionalism and integrity" after the referee was described as a liar and thief by Serena Williams during the US Open's final US Open debacle. Williams launched an astounding verbal attack on referee Ramos when he crashed with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Japan's Naomi Osaka on Saturday. The 23-time Grand Slam champion received three code violations by Ramos, the first to receive training, the second for racket abuse and the third for verbal abuse of the referee.
The second and third infringements gave Williams a point penalty and then a penalty in the game, which gave Osaka a 5-3 second advantage on the set that actually gave him the title.
Williams had demanded an apology from Ramos during his rant and then called the punishment "sexist", while claiming he was fighting for women's rights because the male players got away with the same nonsense.
The defiant attitude of the former world number one was endorsed by WTA Tour CEO Steve Simon and legendary former female player Billie-Jean King, who questioned the training penalty that first provoked Williams' anger.
But the ITF, the governing body of world tennis, responded to the controversy by insisting that Ramos was within his rights to deliver the sanctions.
"Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis." Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses. ITF statement said.
"It is understandable that this high profile and regrettable incident should provoke a debate.
"At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos assumed his duties as an official in accordance with the corresponding regulations and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity."
Former referee Richard Ings also endorsed Ramos for his handling of the impressive incident.
Ings, who once robbed a John McEnroe game for verbal abuse at the 1987 US Open, told the BBC Radio Four & # 39; s Today program: "Carlos Ramos is a referee with 40 years of experience.
"He handled that game absolutely perfectly, saw violations and had the courage of his convictions to call them when he saw them.
"I support him at 110 percent, it was one of the best arbitration jobs I've seen in years."
Williams, who aspired to match Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles, refused to shake hands with Ramos after the game.
His fine of $ 17,000 for code violations, imposed by the United States Tennis Association, will be deducted from the $ 1.85 million prize he received as an Osaka finalist.