'Serena Williams US Open case has been polarized' - Jim Courier


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'Serena Williams US Open case has been polarized' - Jim Courier

Basically, all the United States Davis Cup team members spoke about Serena Williams's case with Carlos Ramos. The captain Jim Courier said: 'It's been polarized and in some ways politicised. But we have no doubt that Carlos was just enforcing the rules as he sees them.' Courier added: 'Look, I don't want this to come out the wrong way, but he enforced rules that have been enforced on me over the years.

I've never been called for coaching, but the racket abuse, the verbal abuse, that's just part of the sport. I think a lot of it maybe got over-amplified because it was the finals of the US Open.' Mike Bryan commented: 'He's always been a fair, level-headed guy and made a decision in the heat of the moment.

If it was wrong or right, I'm not the judge. I think we're all cognizant of the fact that three strikes and you're going to get a game penalty. I don't think we would ever try to push it that far, especially in this Davis Cup format - we're not going to dock our country a game.

You don't really crack rackets or berate umpires in this format; you kind of look to your team for support.' Ryan Harrison, who won the doubles match with Mike Bryan to keep the tie alive, said: 'It a very touchy situation.

It's hard to say one side or the other without causing a big stir. In a situation where we know Serena is unbelievable; she's iconic; and we know that Carlos is there because he's worthy of being there for those matches.

I know Carlos and I know he's not looking to put himself in a difficult position. I truly believe he was trying to do what he felt like was right at the time and always in heated situations it's going to be a very sticky, sticky spot whenever it's in a Grand Slam final like that.'' ALSO READ: David Ferrer: 'It will be my last US Open. Facing Rafael Nadal is a gift'