The US Open’s women’s finals on Saturday took
a political turn when second place finisher Serena Williams went apoplectic over controversial
calls against her by umpire Carlos Ramos, whom she absurdly smeared as a sexist. While Williams was immediately backed by the
Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and
hailed as a hero by countless feminists and the establishment media, Ramos kept quiet,
as International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules bar umpires from commenting on their matches. But Ramos has finally broken his silence regarding
the backlash, speaking to Portugal’s Tribuna Expresso. “I am good, under the circumstances,” he told
the paper. “It’s an unhappy situation but à la carte
refereeing doesn’t exist,” added the 47-year-old seasoned umpire. “Don’t you worry about me!” Ramos told the paper that he avoided hitting
the streets of New York after the controversial match to sidestep any potential “complicated
situations.” Other umpires are reportedly not so cool with
the outrageous smearing of Ramos. According to a report from The London Times,
an anonymous official said there’s “a growing consensus that umpires were ‘not supported’
by the USTA on several occasions, and that Ramos was ‘thrown to the wolves for simply
doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it.'” They are reportedly considering a boycott
of Williams’ matches “until she apologises for vilifying Ramos and calling him a ‘liar’
and a ‘thief,'” says the report. Moreover, a source identified as a tennis
“senior figure” told The Guardian, “There is a lot of unhappiness in the umpiring community
because no one is standing up for officials. Umpires keep asking: ‘What if it was me in
that chair on Saturday?’ There is a widespread feeling that Carlos
was hung out to dry for nearly 48 hours and that no one is standing up for officials.” On Monday, the ITF finally backed Ramos via
a statement. “Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced
and respected umpires in tennis,” it said. “Mr Ramos’s decisions were in accordance
with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the US Open’s decision to fine Ms Williams
for the three offences. … 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 rulebook and acted
at all times with professionalism and integrity.” Ramos will return to the chair on Friday,
officiating the men’s semi-final of the Davis Cup, he confirmed.
STYLISH LOOKS AND A LOT OF TALK
ABOUT ONE GUEST IN PARTICULAR. SEALED WITH A KISS, THE WORLD’S
MOST FAMOUS BRIDESMAID IS NOW A GLOWING WIFE.
PIPPA MIDDLETON, MARRYING HEDGE FUND MANAGER JAMES MATTHEWS IN
ENGLAND, FILLED WITH PINK AND WHITE FLOWERS.
THOUGH IT WASN’T OFFICIALLY A ROYAL WEDDING, IT SURE FELT LIKE ONE.
>>ALTHOUGH THE WEDDING WAS BILLED AS A PRIVATE OCCASION, IT
WAS MUCH BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT. >>Reporter: AMONG THE ROYAL
GUESTS, PRINCE WILLIAM WHO ARRIVED WITH BROTHER PRINCE
HARRY. PIPPA’S BIG SISTER, KATE
MIDDLETON, WEARING A PALE PINK DRESS, DESIGNED BY ALEXANDER
McQUEEN WHO DESIGNED HER WEDDING DRESS.
PRINCESS CHARLOTTE AND PRINCE GEORGE STEALING THE SPOTLIGHT.
BUT IT WAS PIPPA WHO CAPTIVATED IN A STUNNING DOWN BY GILES
DEACON. >>IT WAS A CLASSIC COTTON SILK
LACE GOWN WITH A HIGH NECK. THE BACK WAS EXPOSED WITH A
CUTOUT. IT WAS STUNNING.
>>Reporter: WHILE OTHER GUESTS LIKE ROGER FEDERER AND PRINCESS
EUGENIE TURNED HEADS, THERE WAS ONE THAT DID NOT ATTEND THE
CEREMONY. ACTRESS MEGHAN MARKLE.
BUT PRINCE HARRY DROVE 100 MILES TO PICK HER UP AND BRING HER TO
THE ESTATE. THE RECEPTION REPORTEDLY COST
$130,000. GUESTS WERE ADVISED TO BRING
SECOND OUTFIT TO CHANGE INTO. AND THEY HAD TO UNDERGO A STRICT
PASSWORD PROCESS TO ENTER. CAMERAS WERE NOT ALLOWED AT THE
RECEPTION, THE NEWLYWED COUPLE WAS SPOTTED DRIVING OFF IN A
STATE OF WEDDED BLISS. WE’RE DYING TO KNOW WHAT THE
PASSWORD WAS TO GET