Venue: Flushing Meadows, Dates: 26 Aug – 8 Sep
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Carlos Ramos will not umpire any matches involving Serena or Venus at this year’s .

The Portuguese umpire docked Serena a game for verbal abuse in last year’s final against .

called Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” having already received a point penalty for smashing her racquet.

The 37-year-old was also handed a code violation for coaching during the final in , which she lost in straight sets.

referee Soeren Friemel says the decision is a good one for the tournament, the players and the umpires.

“We have selected the best officials for the 2019 , and there is some flexibility,” he told reporters at the Billie Jean King National Centre at Flushing Meadows

“It’s not the first time that we made decisions that is good for the tournament, is good for the players, and is good for the umpires as well to not be on those matches.

“In the end, our goal is to assign the best chair umpire for the right match so in taking all those factors into consideration, the decision was made that he would not do any of the sisters’ matches.”

In heated exchanges in last year’s final, told Ramos “you will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live.”

But the says the decision has been taken “collectively,” and not in response to a request from the sisters.

It is not unusual for umpires to be kept away from players after a contentious match.

The ian Carlos Bernardes did not umpire for a significant period after a disagreement about time violations at a tournament in Rio in 2015.

Ramos umpired this year’s semi-final between Petra Kvitova and Danielle Collins, but has not yet been given the chance to add to his tally of 10 Grand Slam singles finals.

“Carlos has worked all the other Grand Slams,” Friemel added.

“He has done Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and he’s going to work the Davis Cup final so he’s considered still for all high-profile matches.”

The is the final Grand Slam of the year, and begins in on Monday.


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