Eleven-time singles Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams, has been fined $82,500 for her verbal outburst directed at a lineswoman at the U.S. Open in September. Williams now must go through a two year probationary period. If she is charged with another “major offense” her fine could climb to $175,000 and she could be barred from participating in the U.S. Open.
Okay, so Williams was out of line. So she blew her cool. But this is a record high fine for a pro tennis player. I don’t agree with what she did, but neither do I think she should she be treated like she started a hockey brawl on a tennis court and put someone’s eye out. Come on. Remember Jimmy Conners and Ilie “Nasty” Nastase? Can we get real?