Eleven time grand slam champion, Serena Williams, was handed a suspended 3-year ban, plus a record fine of $82,500 for her tantrum at the US Open earlier this year. In a game where Williams was visibly upset cause she was loosing, officials called for a foot fault. Serena lost her cool and threatened the line judge with foul language. According to the line judge, and a few spectators who heard the tirade, Williams also threatened to kill the line judge if she could.
“If I could. I would take this f***ing ball and shove it down your f***ing throat!”
For that outburst Williams forfeited a point, giving her opponent, Kim Clijsters the victory. She was also fined $10,000 onsite, which is the maximum amount that a player can be fined onsite by the US Tennis Association. Whoa! That makes a whopping total of $92,000, which probably didn’t make a dent in Serena’s bank account, but I’m sure she’ll choose her words more carefully next time.
Serena seems to be taking the huge fine graciously as she was spotted vacationing in Barbados over the Thanksgiving holiday. She even kept her cool as she suffered a swimsuit malfunction on the beach by merely laughing it off. Maybe it’s the quality time she’s spending with on again boo Common that’s got her in such a good mood.
Photos of the lovebirds frolicking on the beach below: