Chair umpires are considering a coordinated effort to boycott any game that Serena Williams plays in the future to protest her treatment of the line judge during her loss on Saturday to Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open, according to USA Today.
Ramos was "thrown to wolves for simply doing his job and was not willing to be abused for it", an anonymous official had told The Times.
"Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies. Mr. Ramos' decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules...."
And Ramos has defended his actions by insisting that he can not ignore certain rules during matches.
Williams was facing Japanese global Naomi Osaka in the final of the US Open on Saturday, as the American was chasing a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam title.
"The umpiring fraternity is thoroughly disturbed at being abandoned" by officials with the Women's Tennis Association who questioned Ramos' rulings in such a high-profile contest, Ings said.
"You're stressing me out", Osaka quipped, somewhat sheepishly.
Since Saturday, Osaka has been thrust into the global spotlight after defeating Williams, who received three code violations during the final match of the Open.
In the immediate aftermath of the game, King took to Twitter to state her belief that sexism was still rife in tennis - something she brought up again on CNN. To combat this, some umpires are weighing the idea of saying no every time they are asked to officiate a Williams match, unless she apologizes to Ramos.
The ITF's support for Ramos comes after the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) expressed disappointment over the handling of the match and the USTA's plans to review of its communication policies after a string of umpiring controversies.
Speaking to Tribuna Expresso in his native Portugal, Carlos Ramos said: "I'm fine, given the circumstances. I have since texted her coach to make sure she understands that she is celebrated and how proud I am of her".
Williams had demanded an apology from Ramos during her rant and later called the punishment "sexist", while claiming she was fighting for women's rights because male players got away with similar antics. The WTA issued a statement that appeared to side with Williams' accusation of sexism, saying the same standards should be applied to men and women and "We do not believe this was done last night".