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Bad Sport Serena

September 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Grand Slam Tennis, Tennis

In the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, defending champion Serena Williams was fined $10,000 for her tirade directed at a line judge. She said: ‘If I could, I would … shove [this ball] down your throat’. There were a few expletives deleted from that quote. Can you get a bigger contrast between the champion of men’s tennis, Roger Federer and her? Thankfully such bad sportsmanship has not gone unnoticed, with the big fine and her losing the final match point based on that outburst. She was going to lose the semifinal to Kim Clijsters anyway, and the fine is only a smidgeon of what she earned playing the tournament. Let’s hope she gets punished in more ways, but somehow I think she will not be repentant.

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  • Tim

    I reckon she got off pretty lightly – $10K out of her prize money is very minimal – in any sport here the fine would be similar, but a greater proportion of their match fee. But it happened at such a critical time of the match and it was for a foot fault (was the video ref available?) – I would’ve been cheesed off too! but it’s how you deal with it that counts.