(CNN) — Carlos Ramos wont serve as chair umpire for any Serena Williams or even Venus Williams matches in the 2019 US Open, also a United States Tennis Association spokesman told CNN on Wednesday.
Ramos was the chair umpire for last year US Open womens singles final between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. A then-20-year-old Osaka awakens against her idol 6-2, 6-4 in New York to win with her first major, but controversy overshadowed it.
Serena Williams battled with Ramos, culminating if he docked her a match for calling him aburglar Around Arthur Ashe Stadium, while the prize was accepted by Osaka, boos rang after the match. Osaka wept.
Both players have suffered from injuries but remain in the united states Open womens singles draw. Osaka, currently the top-ranked player on earth, will probably have the No. 1 seed. Serena Williams is . Venus Williams is unseeded.
While play is scheduled to start Monday, the draw will be declared on Thursday.
Earlier this month, Serena Williams has been forced to retire at the Rogers Cup final in Toronto after four matches against Canadas Bianca Andreescu because of back issue. Last week the injury kept her from tournament action at the Southern & Western Open in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason, Ohio.
Osaka retired at the quarterfinals of Cincinnati, through her match because of a knee injury.
Osaka and Serena Williams have played once since that match.
Serena Williams, who turns 38 in September, is looking for her first since the 2017 Open, after she had been pregnant, and a big singles title, linking her all time. That win came from Venus Williams.
After she won the Australian Open, osaka, the first player to win a singles title, included a grand slam trophy this year.
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