Serena Williams to fork out $10,000 for damaging Wimbledon court
While Serena Williams is having a very good run at Wimbledon having made it into the quarter finals, she seems to have had a bit of a run-in with the tournament officials. The tennis star has been made to fork out US $ 10,000 for damaging the grass court.
According to the BBC, the incident occurred during a practice session before this year's tournament at the All England Club.
There's no word yet on how Williams damaged the court.
Also in fines today, Serena Williams was fined $10,000 for damaging a championships court with her racquet during a pretournament practice.
Not unusual for #Wimbledon to dish out big fines like that for injuring its treasured lawns, but I've never heard of one pre-event before.— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 8, 2019
She was fined at the US Open last year for her finals showdown against Naomi Osaka. Last September saw Williams call chair umpire Carlos Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” and then proceeded to smash her racket.
In Harper’s Bazaar’s August cover story, Williams has written a piece on the incident and included her apology note to Osaka as well.
“This debacle ruined something that should have been amazing and historic,” Williams writes. “Not only was a game taken from me but a defining, triumphant moment was taken from another player.”
She is currently aiming for a 24th Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon and has made it to the quarter finals.