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"Playing while pregnant, which was fantastic, and winning the Australian Grand Slam".

The game's top umpires are considering forming a union because they believe Carlos Ramos was "hung out to dry" by the authorities during and after the US Open women's final despite upholding the rules in sanctioning Serena Williams.

Since then, many have come to the defense of Williams and accused Ramos of holding the tennis star to a different standard because she's a woman.

The International Tennis Federation is defending the chair umpire who gave Serena Williams three code violations during the U.S. Open final, saying his "decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules". However, that show of support reportedly was too slow in the making to mollify the umpires' colleagues.

He also said that hundreds of players, both past and present, had texted their support while speaking with Seabra.

"Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies".

"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned by the WTA", Richard Ings, a retired, elite Gold Badge umpire told ESPN.com on Tuesday. And if left to reign unchecked, with no dogged Ramos Carlos to check their insurrections, they can ruin the fine balance that keeps an office functioning smoothly. "They feel that no one has their back when they have to make unpopular calls".

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"It's a delicate situation", Ramos said. "Do not worry about me".

Regardless, Ramos, who has 30 years' experience, will be back at work for the Davis Cup semifinal between Croatia and the USA in Zadir in the weekend, the International Tennis Federation confirmed.

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Martina Navratilova agreed that Williams deserved much of the blame for the incident, writing in a New York Times op-ed piece that, in complaining that Ramos would not have reacted the same way to an argumentative male player, Williams was "missing the point" and would have been better served conducting herself with "respect for the sport we love so dearly".

Commenting on the coaching issue, Simon said, "We also think the issue of coaching needs to be addressed and should be allowed across the sport". The Daily Mail says Ramos would have earned less than $500 for the match despite having nearly 30 years of experience. "I think he did".

Some tennis umpires are upset over the "verbal abuse" that Carlos Ramos received from Williams, and the amount of attention he's gotten after the final.

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