An ESPN documentary about Serena Williams’ infamous clash last year at the US Open final has claimed she sought out umpire Carlos Ramos after the match.

In ESPN’s Backstory: ‘Serena vs. The Umpire’, reporter Don Van Natta Jr claimed the pair exchanged more words behind closed doors after the match.

A bemused Naomi Osaka walks away from the umpires chair as Serena Williams explodes with officials.  Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

“After the match, Serena sought out Ramos in the referee’s lounge, and they talked behind closed doors for several minutes,” Van Natta Jr said.

“Two sources told me Serena told Ramos she respected him as an umpire but she did not agree with his calls.

“Ramos told Serena, ‘I have nothing against you personally, and I was just doing my job’.”

Naomi Osaka  awaits presentation of her Womens singles title trophy after Serena Williams’ outbursts. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

The ESPN documentary features interviews with Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Chris Evert, Pam Shriver, former umpires Norm and Palma Chryst, and three journalists.

Meanwhile, US Tennis Association chief executive Stacey Allaster has stated Ramos will not umpire Serena or Venus Williams at this year’s event.


“We don’t need to go there,” Allaster told the New York Times.

“There are more than 900 matches here over the three weeks, and there are lots of matches for Carlos to do.

“We want to be focused on the competition and want to go forward.” Allaster said the decision was just for this year.