On Friday, Carlos Ramos returned to the stand as he umpires the Davis Cup semi-finals between the United States and Croatia. Everyone was watching as the man who Serena Williams demanded an apology from returned to refereeing.
The Portuguese umpire did not stir up any controversies thus far in the matches. Coaching violations will not be an issue at the Davis Cup matches because captains are permitted to sit on the court and advise competitors. After being put in the spotlight and generally viewed as making a mistake due to the undeniable power of Serena Williams, Ramos most likely would like the events in Croatia to go a bit smoother.
The United States Men’s Team competing in the Davis Cup did not take much of a stance on the controversy. Captain Jim Courier said that the calls were “politicized.” Steve Johnson said that the exposure of the U.S. Open added to the debate, and the calls and the punishments were not out of the ordinary. Mike Bryan suggested that something like that would never happen in a team setting where players are representing their countries. Katrina Adams, the USTA CEO and president, interacted with Ramos, after siding with Serena.
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The Davis Cup semifinals weekend for U.S. vs. Croatia started with a 2-0 lead as of Friday. Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Borna Coric beat Americans Frances Tiafoe and Steven Johnson (respectively) in their singles matches to start out the weekend. United States’ Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison will go up against Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in doubles on Saturday. On Sunday, the reverse singles will happen in Zadar.
Whoever wins this best of five face-off will go on to play France or Spain in the final. France currently has a 2-0 lead over Spain. Going into Saturday’s match, it will be difficult for the American team to make a comeback from a 0-2 start. They are also missing their two best athletes, John Isner and Jack Sock.
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