The umpire at the centre of the Serena Williams controversy has hit back at accusations that he specially targeted the 36-year-old during the US Open final.
On Monday, the ITF, for whom Ramos is a contracted gold badge umpire, belatedly issued a statement to support his handling of the final.
King admitted that Williams could have done more to control her emotions, but she also noted that male tennis players haven't always been given such a short leash when it comes to expressing themselves on the court.
There are now discussions about boycotting Williams' matches between a group of umpires that lack a body to represent their interests.
'There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community because no one is standing up for officials, ' one senior umpire told the Guardian.
"This is unbelievable, though, that we're debating it's sexism - I don't think it was sexism", Kilmeade said. Top umpires are also considering the formation of a union, according to a report Tuesday, in part because they are not allowed to discuss specific matches.
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Umpires are forbidden by contract from speaking out to the press, but one retired ump was able to voice the views of his brethren.
Ramos, who is from Portugal, spoke briefly to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso this week. But umpiring "a la carte" is something that does not exist.
"Don't worry about me, I'll be fine".
Ramos had issued the violations against Williams after she accused him of being unfair during Saturday's match. As an African-American woman, so this whole business that I am some sort of racist, calling on racial cartoons from the past, it's just made up.
It all started when Ramos decided that Williams's coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, had advised her from the sidelines.
Osaka's maiden Grand Slam victory was overshadowed by Williams' antics, which has seen chair umpire Carlos Ramos thrust into the spotlight. "And you just have to live with it". But to focus on that, I think, is missing the point. Say you are sorry, ' she screamed.
Williams was in tears as she suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Osaka, whose maiden grand slam triumph was overshadowed by her opponent's argument with the official.
Several prominent figures in the sport have backed Williams for exposing the double standards within tennis while others have criticised her for lacking sportsmanship.