The experienced Portuguese official has found himself at the centre of a storm after his officiating of the US Open final, which saw Serena Williams accuse him of sexism after she was docked a game for receiving three code violations. "Any time we step out of that lane, then we become a problem".
While many have sided with Williams over the last 24 hours, her actions went against everything she stands for as a role model in sports.
The 20-year-old melted hearts when she broke down sobbing after thrashing her idol 6-2, 6-4 to become Japan's first Grand Slam singles champion in NY last weekend.
"I felt really happy because I sort of felt that she knew I was crying ..."
The crowd watching Serena Williams during her semi-final was largely African-American, something I have seen change - as a longtime observer and writer of the sport - exponentially.
Sarah Parcak, professor and space archeologist, said she "reported this racist cartoonist to Twitter for abuse and encourage you to do so as well". Though she attempted to congratulate Osaka following the match, Serena Williams continued shifting blame for her outrageous behavior.
The athlete, who regularly rubs shoulders with Hollywood A-listers, also dropped her own clothing line this year - but not after over a decade of hard work and rejection from a rigid fashion industry. But we can not measure ourselves by what we think we should also be able to get away with. He's never took a game from a man because they said thief. "But then a black woman on top of that, the angry black woman, who does she think she is?" The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman - meant to be Osaka, who is actually Japanese and Haitian - "Can you just let her win?"
Mark Knight's cartoon showed Serena as a fat-lipped angry woman yelling during the UP Open.
"I was deeply offended".
The U.S. team includes Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Mike Bryan and rookie Frances Tiafoe.
After taking out the match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, Osaka and Williams appeared together for the trophy ceremony, during which audible boos erupted from the crowd. "It's like our opinions don't matter". "For now I'm just sort of riding the wave". "It does diminish from the work satisfaction that other people get to enjoy because it is an additional cost". Yes, Williams abused her racquet, and Ramos rightfully penalised her for it, but he also abused his authority.
The Times of London reports that there is a growing consensus that umpires feel they were "not supported by the USTA" on several occasions and cite one anonymous source claiming that umpires are considering boycotting matches played by Williams.
Nadal, though, did not excuse Williams' reaction, saying: "It can be understood it was a moment of maximum stress for the player and that she felt impotent in a final that was becoming frankly uphill".