US Davis Cup players try to stay out of Williams controversy

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"Mr. Ramos" decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the U.S. Open's decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences'.

Williams ultimately lost the match to Naomi Osaka with a score of 6-2, 6-4.

The deal further raises the profile of the 20-year-old Osaka, who shot to worldwide fame when she defeated American Serena Williams on Saturday to become the first Japanese player to claim a Grand Slam singles crown.

Osaka was seen crying during the ceremony, and Williams appeared to lean over and say something in her ear, presumably to console her. The number-one-world ranked athlete threw a veritable temper tantrum on the court Saturday, which began when she incurred a penalty and escalated as she was penalized further by umpire Carlos Ramos for her behaviour. "I have a daughter, and I stand for what's right for her", Williams shouted.

On Wednesday, Strycova lambasted those accusations and offered her own suggestion for the display as she went up against the Williams camp.

She also moved to excuse Williams' behaviour during an interview with ESPN the following day when she suggested Williams would not have expected her outburst towards Ramos to have been captured on live TV. "So, I was really happy that she said that".

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and Billie Jean King were among those to back Williams, with the latter calling out a "double standard" in the game.

'Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis, ' the statement read.

Osaka had just won her first Grand Slam title after defeating the 23-time major victor Serena Williams at the U.S. Open on Saturday. Her total earnings from the controversial match amounted to $3.8 million. While the top women players typically make less in endorsements than the top men, they draw more fans than men to the final, especially when Williams is in the match.

Osaka said she was taught as a youngster to ignore the other side of the court.

Speaking to Tribuna Expresso earlier this week in his native country, Ramos indicated he was at peace with his decisions because he didn't pick and choose when to apply the rule book.

Although he does not experience much discrimination these days, he does still get stared at, he said, adding that he hoped the prejudice would eventually fade.

"It's a delicate situation, but umpiring "a la carte" doesn't exist".

"You're stressing me out", Osaka quipped, somewhat sheepishly.

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