Umpire Carlos Ramos returns to court following US Open spotlight

Tennis umpire Carlos Ramos. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Zadar, Croatia Sep 14, 2018, 04.27 PM (IST)

Tennis umpire Carlos Ramos, the man under the spotlight following his altercation with Serena Williams during the women's US Open final, returned to the chair on Friday (September 14) for the first time since Flushing Meadows for Croatia's Davis Cup tie with United States in Zadar, Croatia. 

Ramos docked Williams a point for racquet smashing and handed her a code violation for coaching during the American's straight-sets defeat to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, before docking the 23-time grand slam champion and entire game for verbal abuse

Williams angrily refuted Ramos' calls and branded the Portuguese "sexist". 

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) backed Ramos, saying he had acted "at all times with professionalism and integrity", but Williams received backing from the WTA.

Williams' view was also endorsed by tennis legend Billie Jean King, but other prominent figures have backed Ramos, including US Davis Cup captain Jim Courier, who stated that Ramos was "enforcing the rules as he sees them".

Ramos is officiating the Davis Cup semi-final with Croatia aiming to reach a second final in three years.

This is the fifth meeting between the two countries in the competition with Croatia holding an unblemished 4-0 lead.