"But we have no doubt that Carlos was just enforcing the rules as he sees them. I really wasn't paying attention", Tiafoe said. "I spent 23 years in baseball". Still reeling from the loss of the point, she called Ramos a liar and a thief -for "stealing" her point-and said, "You still owe me an apology". "That's just part of the sport".
According to Associated Press journalist Andrew Dampf, US Tennis Association head Katrina Adams, who had fiercely supported Williams, was heard apologizing to Ramos at the draw for the Davis Cup semis.
Ramos told the newspaper that he stayed off the streets of NY after the match to avoid any "complicated situations".
During interviews on Thursday in Zadar, the American team backed Ramos's credentials as an umpire.
In an interview with the Tennis Podcast, meanwhile, the former chair umpire Enric Molina said "Carlos's job was immaculate, under very hard circumstances".
Carlos Ramos is working the best-of-five Davis Cup semifinal series between Croatia and the United States.
Williams got a warning for violating a rarely enforced rule against receiving coaching from the sidelines.
Williams later broke her racket and shouted at Ramos, which led to a penalty point and a game penalty. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point.
She has not only excelled professionally, but her personal life is equally thriving having recently married a tech billionaire - an attractive white young man - with whom they are blessed with an adorable daughter.
"He's always been a fair, level-headed guy and made a decision in the heat of the moment".
Does the umpires threat to boycott Williams future games tantamount to saying that although most, if not all professional tennis players have had similar outbursts on the court, its this particular outbursts of the greatest tennis player of all time a black woman that are so damaging to their profession?
Happily for Portugal's Ramos, there were no controversies as Cilic beat Frances Tiafoe 6-1 6-3 7-6 (7-5).
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova also criticized Williams this week, writing in The New York Times, "We can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with". She said on Tuesday both sides shared the blame for the incident.
But the argument is not about whether what she said was or wasnt right: its about the repercussions she incurred, which included a $17,000 fine in addition to the two-point deduction.
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