Who said women can’t do it better than men??
Threatening to “shove” a tennis ball down a line-judge’s throat, calling an umpire “a hater, a loser and unattractive inside”, illegal mid-match coaching, swearing, more verbal abuse, racket abuse… Analysis by The Tennis Space, with figures supplied by the International Tennis Federation, has revealed the worst offenders in women’s tennis, based on fines incurred at the grand slams over the past six years. With 104,500 US dollars in fines, Serena Williams has incurred more than double the rest of the top 10 combined, who, between the nine of them, have had 41,750 US dollars slashed from their prize-money.
Serena Williams, $104,500 US dollars
Twice she has used threatening language at her home grand slam. Playing Kim Clijsters in the semi-finals of the 2009 US Open, Williams was not amused by the lineswoman who had called her for a foot-fault. “I swear to God, I’m f—— going to take this f—— ball and shove it down your f——throat, you hear that? I swear to God.” Serena’s immediate punishment was a point penalty at match point down, and she later received a 10,000-dollar fine for unsporting behaviour, and then a further 85,000-dollar punishment after this was judged to be a ‘major offence’.
During the 2011 US Open final against Sam Stosur, Williams raged at the umpire after she received a code violation for ‘intentional hindrance’ after screaming out “C’mon” during the rally. This is what Williams had to say to the official during the changeover: “Don’t even look at me. If I see you in the corridor, don’t even walk past me because you’re out of control, out of control. You’re totally out of control, you’re a hater and you’re just unattractive inside. Who would do such a thing? Wow. You’re a loser.” She was fined 2,000 dollars for verbal abuse.
Serena’s other ‘crimes’ include, a 1,000-dollar fine for swearing and a 500-dollar punishment for racket abuse at the 2008 Australian Open, 500 dollars for swearing at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, 1,000 for an audible obscenity at the 2009 Australian Open, 500 for racket abuse at the 2009 US Open, and 4,000 for skipping a press conference at Wimbledon in the summer of 2010.
Way to go Serena! The hard work that you put into your potty-mouth (pause) and unladylike behavior will not go unrecognized!
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