Serena Only Fined $2,000 for Incident at the US Open
Serena Williams was expected to be punished for getting irate with a judge at the US Open this week. What was left unknown was the amount that the fine would be. It was just announced that Williams will be fined just $2,000 for the incident, which is likely less than what she spends on a fancy pair of shoes.
Williams, who is quickly becoming the bad girl of tennis, was already on probation for another blow up at a Grand Slam event in 2009. She could have been banned if officials had decided that her tirade was a “major offence.” But losing Williams would be more than the game could bear, so it was expected that officials would be light on her.
During her finals match with Samantha Stosur, Williams yelled at Greek umpire Eva Asderaki when she was docked a point for “intentional hindrance” after screaming “Come on!” in response to a prior incident. Williams then continued to criticize the judge, calling her a “hater” from the sidelines.
“US Open Tournament Referee Brian Earley has fined Serena Williams $2,000 following the code violation issued for verbal abuse during the women?s singles final,” the US Tennis Association said in a statement on Monday.
“This fine is consistent with similar offenses at Grand Slam events,” said the USTA adding that the money would go to the Grand Slam Development fund.
Williams earned $1.4 million for finishing second in the US Open: $900,000 was prize money and another half million came from finishing first in a US Open series of Tune-up events. With that kind of money coming in, it’s likely that the $2,000 fine won’t bother Serena very much.