Serena Williams will have to reach into her purse again as part of her U.S. Open meltdown this summer which cost her a $10,000 fine by the USTA and her title.
According to the Guardian the Grand Slam administrator Bill Babcock announced Williams will have to pay another fine of $82,500, a record, and will also endure a “probationary period” at all four Grand Slams during 2010 and 2011. If she causes another “major offense”, the fine would increase to $175,000 and she would be banned from that year’s U.S. Open.
Many fans and members of the tennis world had called for an outright ban of Williams for the upcoming Australian Open as many felt a monetary fine would not be a severe enough penalty for the multimillionaire.
Williams, who is in Barbados for an exhibition, could not be reached for comment.
Personally, even though this fine is still pocket change for Serena, the “probationary period” is a good enough warning to Serena to mind her ways during the upcoming Slams. It will be interesting to see how the media will treat Serena next year and if they will continue to bring up the story even if Serena minds her manners all year.