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.
"Umpires are just upset", he said.
She continued, "I couldn't hear and I was looking away, but I heard a lot of people in the crowd making noises, and I really wanted to turn around, but I didn't". I couldn't tell what was going on, because it was just so loud in there.
Remarkably, Ramos will make a swift return to the umpire chair as he will officiate the Davis Cup clash between the United States and Croatia in what can be considered a questionable appointment given the various criticism the Portuguese has received over the last few days.
"I do not believe there is a formal boycott in place so I do not think we need to take any action in regards to a boycott", a spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association told HuffPost on Wednesday.
His appearance could prove awkward after several figures from the US Tennis Association, including president Katrina Adams, publicly supported Williams in her sexism allegations. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic "The Courts of Babylon" and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), "A Champion's Mind".
Tennis great Billie Jean King backed the American but Margaret Court, whose major wins record Williams was trying to equal on Saturday, expressed little sympathy for her.
"While I was playing the U.S. Open and Kei (Nishikori) was doing well".
"Yesterday brought to the forefront the question of whether different standards are applied to men and women in the officiating of matches", Simon said on Sunday. Once renewed, she can be part of Forbes' list of highest-paid women in sports, possibly placing second-just below Serena.
Ramos was unable to defend himself over the weekend as the rules prevent umpires from commenting on the matches they oversee. It's a delicate situation, but "à la carte" arbitration does not exist.