US Open ’18 – Serena Williams & Umpire Conflict: ITF Issues Official Statement

The official statement released by ITF relating to the 2018 US Open women’s final conflict between Serena Williams and the Umpire is as follows:

“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.

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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.

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