Rafael Nadal dragged in to Serena Williams ‘bulls***’ by fellow ace

Grant SmithSep 14, 2018

U.S. Open women's champion Naomi Osaka is back in Japan celebrating not only her landmark victory, but also a sponsorship deal with vehicle manufacturer Nissan.

Much of the criticism of Williams has centred on how her actions had spoiled a precious moment for Osaka, who was even moved to apologise for beating the home favourite to a NY crowd angrily booing Ramos.

The American was given three code violations for: on-court coaching, smashing her racket and verbally abusing umpire Carlos Ramos, all of which resulted in her receiving a $17,000 (£13,000) fine. Eventually, Williams called Ramos "a thief", drawing the third violation for "verbal abuse" - and costing her a game, putting Osaka ahead 5-3. Williams told Ramos. "You owe me an apology". She joins a roster of Nissan's other global ambassadors, including soccer players Gareth Bale of Real Madrid and Manchester City's record goal-scorer Sergio Aguero, who both featured prominently during Nissan's most recent UEFA Champions League sponsorship campaign.

Appearing on "The Ellen Show", the 20-year-old Grand Slam champion told host Ellen DeGeneres that Williams explained to her that the crowd's negative reaction to the situation was not aimed towards the Haitian- Japanese athlete. "She said that she was proud of me and that I should know that the crowd wasn't booing at me", Osaka recalled. Williams believed that Ramos "attacked her character", but she did the same to the official.

"Did he have to behave differently only because she was Serena Williams?".

Osaka said during the interview that she initially didn't know what was going on because she turned away from the scene as Williams approached Ramos and started yelling.

"I thought about those things watching Serena, and I said, 'This kid has been playing all of these years, and I don't think she's ever been accused of cheating before it happened on Saturday.'" he said, "And [tennis coaches], they all cheat, no matter how you look at it".

Portugese newspaper Tribuna Expresso reported that Ramos had avoided walking the streets of NY on Sunday to avoid any "complicated situations".

"It's an unhappy situation but à la carte refereeing doesn't exist", added the 47-year-old seasoned umpire.

Ramos has said that he is "fine, given the circumstances" days after the match, however. "Don't you worry about me!"

Ramos has been assigned to officiate the Davis Cup semi-final matches between the United States and Croatia, a best-of-five series which begins Friday and ends Sunday in Zadar, Croatia.

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