Ramos, who stood by his officiating on Tuesday, initially cited Williams for getting coaching signals, then docked her a point for smashing her racket and then docked her a game for haranguing him, including calling him a "thief". "I am good, under the circumstances", he told the paper. "I find it interesting that she did it only when she was losing".
As the International Tennis Federation and Ramos' fellow umpires leapt to his defence, citing the $17,000 in fines that officials levied against Williams as proof of his competency, Simon joined tennis icon Billie Jean King in applauding Williams for bringing officiating hypocrisy to light. "She said was proud of me and to know the crowd weren't booing at me".
Later this week, it was no longer only Williams and Ramos being criticized for their conduct, but also an Australian cartoonist for his depiction of the incident.
Sitting in the hot seat, Ramos saw Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou, motion her from the player's box to move to the net.
Williams ultimately lost the match to Naomi Osaka with a score of 6-2, 6-4.
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"For me, I'm just me", said Osaka, when asked whether she represented a "new Japan".
There are men out here that do a lot worse but because I'm a woman, because I'm a woman you're going to take this away from me?
United States player Steve Johnson added: "Look, I don't want this to come out the wrong way, but he enforced rules that have been enforced on me over the years".
Ramos, who is from Portugal, spoke briefly to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso this week.
"It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", added the 47-year-old seasoned umpire. In Ramos' defense, Adams said he was "following the code" but noted he could have issued a soft warning for coaching instead of a penalty off the bat. "Don't you worry about me!" Ramos is scheduled to umpire matches in the Davis Cup, which starts in Croatia on September 14.