On Sunday night, Serena Williams was not pleased with a line judge at the US Open. During a match against Sam Stosur, Williams got frustrated and snapped at said judge, “You’re out of control … You’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside … Really, don’t even look at me.” These words were pretty tame for Serena—I can just imagine a coach doing drills with her to practice saying “unattractive inside” instead of an expletive. But still, she was given a $2,000 fine for the incident. So does Serena regret her words? “I don’t even remember what I said. It was just so intense out there,” she explained. “I guess I’ll see it on YouTube.” [Newser]
Oh, but this is not the first time Serena has been fined. After the jump, a full rundown.
- During a match against Kim Clijsters at the US Open in 2009, Serena let out a full-scale tirade on a line judge. “I swear to God I’m [expletive] going to take this [expletive] ball and shove it down your [expletive] throat, you hear that? I swear to God,” she yelled. She was fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct plus $500 for racquet abuse, when she hit her racquet on the court. [NY Times]
- Shortly after, the Grand Slam Committee reviewed the incident. To avoid suspension, they fined Serena $82,500 if she could go for a two year probationary period without another incident and $175K if she could not. It does not appear that this weekend’s snafu incurred the higher fine for Williams, so we are doing our calculations with the lower number. [NY Times]
- About a year later, Serena got in hot water along with her sister after they lost in a doubles match at Wimbeldon. The two failed to appear afterward at a press conference and were charged $4K for skipping. They said they did not know the event was mandatory. [LA Times]