Serena Williams Fined An Assload Of Money For Tirade At U.S. Open
Serena Williams has been fined at least $82,500 and will be put on probation for two years due to her outburst at the U.S. Open in August, when she berated and perhaps even threatened a lineswoman after she was called for a foot fault during her semifinal loss against Kim Clijsters.
And if Williams commits any more transgressions during her “probationary period,” things could get much worse for her.
The punishments handed down by the International Tennis Federation’s Grand Slam committee could result in a U.S. Open suspension if Williams commits another major violation in any Grand Slam event in 2010 or 2011.
Williams was fined a record $175,000 with the amount to be reduced to $82,500 if she stays on good behavior over two seasons.
Hoo boy, $82,500 is a lot of money, let alone the $175,000 she would have to pay if she can’t behave herself. My advice to Serena is to focus more on tennis and keep her mouth shut: no ifs, ands or butts.
Oops. I meant “buts.”
Serena Williams fined at least record $82,500 for tirade [Sporting News/AP]
Serena handed suspended ban and fine [CNN]