Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Sports Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Carlos Ramos was an average tennis player from humble beginnings, but his knack for following rules propelled him to the highest ranks of the sport. He even got rid of a lisp to have more authority. ByTariq Panja and Andrew Keh Oct. 3, 2018 LISBON — Day after day, Jose Miguel Fernandes, a budding tennis player, and his father would pick up his friend Carlos Ramos and drive to a tennis club outside Lisbon, where the two teenagers would practice for hours. For Ramos, it was to little avail: He remained a persistent but unspectacular player. He did know and embrace the rules, though, in a way that made others encourage him to officiate at matches. However average he was on the tennis court, he was regarded as excellent when seated “We knew he wasn’t good,” Fernandes said, recalling his friend’s ineffectual, one-handed backhand. “So we said, ‘Hey, go with this.’” That decision set Ramos, 47, on a course, decades in the making, toward a still much-debated crescendo of contentious exchanges with Serena Williams at the United States Open… Read full this story
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