ITF Statement On Umpiring Decisions During 2018 US Open Women’s Final

Carlos Ramos from Portugal was the umpire during the US Open final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.

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ITF Press Release, September 2018

The ITF has released the following statement relating to the 2018 US Open women’s final:

“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 re-affirmed by the US Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences.

It is understandable that this high profile and regrettable incident should provoke debate. At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.

A copy of the Grand Slam Rule Book can be found on the ITF website. Player on site offences, including the point penalty schedule used in this instance, can be found in Article III