Tennis superstar Serena Williams on Sunday was imposed a fine of $ 17,000 for three violations of the Grand Slam tournament code during the women’s finals of the US Open, reports several sources including USA Today. .
The youngest of the Williams Sisters is being fined $ 4,000 for having her coach’s advice, $ 3,000 for smashing her racket and, most importantly, $ 10,000 for verbal abuse of an umpire.
According to article P of Section III of the Grand Slam Tournament Rules Book, verbal abuse is defined as “a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive. A player is liable to a fine of up to $ 20,000 for each offense.
Williams lost her nerves and went after the referee in the US Open final, sidelining the Japanese Naomi Osaka’s historic success (6-2, 6-4) on Saturday in New York. York.
It all started when the youngest Williams sisters (36) received a first coaching warning at the start of the second run, 1-0, in the service of tournament winner Naomie Osaka.
“I do not cheat to win, I prefer to lose,” she defends herself at first to the chair umpire, the Portuguese Carlos Ramos, before talking to him at the next change of side.
“It’s amazing, I did not receive coaching. I do not cheat, I have never cheated in my life, I have a daughter and I fight for what is right, you owe me an apology,” she told him several times.
Her coach though, Patrick Mouratoglou, confessed to the accusations, but it is not clear if his protege saw his gestures in the distance.