Naomi Osaka "Not Sad" About Serena Controversy Overshadowing US Open Win


"He did what he had to do in that match, because she overstepped the limit".

"I'm fine, given the circumstances", he said.

"I've said far worse", McEnroe, a seven-times Grand Slam singles victor, said on ESPN.

Although the International Tennis Federation (ITF) had come to Ramos' defense, saying that his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules", the umpires are according to The Times considering to boycott future Serena Williams matches.

WITH his first public words since the firestorm that was the US Open women's singles final, the chair umpire at the centre of the Serena Williams feud has assured the world he's OK, which is apparently a thing that needed assuring. She became the first ever Japanese player to ever win the Grand Slam final.

A teary-eyed Osaka addressed the crowd, saying (via ESPN), "It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals". She later was fined $17,000 ($10,000 for verbal abuse, $4,000 for the coaching violation and $3,000 for racket abuse).

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Osaka revealed what Williams told her on stage that night. "I couldn't tell what was going on because it was just so loud in there, so it was a little bit stressful".

According to the source, umpires are reportedly discussing the option of refusing match assignments that involve Williams until she apologises to Ramos for calling him a "liar" and "thief".

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"For me, I don't feel sad because I wouldn't even know what I'm expected to feel", she said.

One of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time divided tennis and triggered a debate about sexism in the sport, fuelled by Williams's assertion that Ramos would not have dealt with a male player in the same way.

The rulings by Ramos and outcome of the match stirred controversy, with some backing Williams, believing she'd been unfairly ruled against, and others believing her behavior justified the violations.

"I would say a championship match in terms of high-level talent on the court between those two ladies... obviously Naomi deserved to win and she played unbelievable", Curry told Omnisport.

But Ramos has finally broken his silence regarding the backlash, speaking to Portugal's Tribuna Expresso.

"It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", added the 47-year-old seasoned umpire.

Ramos is scheduled to umpire matches in the Davis Cup, which starts in Croatia on September 14.