Governing body defends umpire after Serena Williams flap

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September 11, 2018
Serena Williams (left) hugs Japan's Naomi Osaka after the 20-year-old defeated her in the women's final of the US Open tennis tournament.

LONDON (AP):

The International Tennis Federation 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 for "verbal abuse" of the chair umpire, US$4,000 for being warned for coaching, and US$3,000 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."

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