And the other tennis shoe drops …
Tennis star Serena Williams was fined a record $82,500 and will be placed on two years probation for her U.S. Open tirade when she verbally abused and threatened a lineswoman. If you have forget the terrible incident and lack of sportsmanship and total control, it can be seen here. During the US Open match with Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams lost her mind and the match.
“I’ll take this ball and shove it down your #%$&* throat.”
Serena Williams was fined a record $82,500 for her U.S. Open tirade and could be suspended from that tournament if she has another “major offense” at any Grand Slam in the next two years, Grand Slam administrator Bill Babcock told The Associated Press on Monday.
Williams’ profanity-laced, finger-pointing outburst drew a $10,000 fine from the U.S. Tennis Association in September — the maximum onsite penalty a tennis player can face. But because it happened at a Grand Slam tournament, Babcock was charged with investigating whether further punishment was merited.
He concluded that Williams violated the “major offense” rule for “aggravated behavior.” The Grand Slam committee — with one representative from each of the sport’s four major championships — approved his decision Saturday.
Who knew that John McEnroe would be out done on the tirade meter? Then again, it says a lot about the state of affairs in today’s sports and the entitlement mind set of today’s athletes. Let’s hope Serena learns a valuable lesson from her lack of sportsmanship and tirade.