Serena Williams Could Be Banned From Australia Open 2010 After Outburst

Serena Williams is under investigation by the International Tennis Federation for her outburst during the U.S. Open semi-finals last month and could be banned from two grand slams, including the Australia Open 2010 which she is expected to headline, under the tennis code of conduct. Serena has been asked to explain what prompted her to “threaten” the baseline judge with: “You don’t know me. You better be right. I swear to God I’m going to take this ball and shove it down your throat.” The lineswoman allegedly thought Serena had threatened her life. Serena was given a point penalty that cost her the match, and was later fined $10,500 for the outburst and smashing a racquet during the same event by on-site authorities. The ITF still has the power to fine her more than $500,000 in prize money and impose a ban. If she does receive a grand slam ban, Australia Open officials are expected to lobby for the ban to be served during nest year’s U.S. Open. [The Daily Telegraph]