Australian Open to consider keeping Serena Williams and Carlos Ramos apart

Serena Williams pointing

The Australian Open could consider keeping Serena Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos apart, the International Tennis Federation have claimed. 

The pair had a high-profile and ugly confrontation at the US Open final, where Ramos handed out code violations to the American, prompting her to accuse him of sexism.

The row hasn’t really appeared to die down since then, and now ITF chief David Haggerty has suggested they may be deliberately kept apart in Melbourne.

“I think many months have gone by, I’m sure there has been reflection on all fronts,” Haggerty told reporters.

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“I think she will play in the Australian Open and I’m sure she’ll be back in her form.

“I’m sure Carlos will be at the Australian Open calling matches.

“Whether they’re scheduled together, time will tell.

“[Keeping them apart] could be something for the tournament to consider.

“They could consider that, they could consider how to schedule and what to do.”

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