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Serena Williams Fined Record Penalty For Unsportsmanlike Behavior at the US Open

Serena's Potty Mouth Sets Record Fines

At this year's US Open one of the more unforgettable moments involved Serena Williams screaming obscenities at a line judge over a foot fault call. Despite a heartfelt apology, Williams has been fined $82,500 for the incident and has been put on probation for the next two years.

The ruling, handed down by the Grand Slam committee, is the largest fine ever for a Grand Slam offense. This title was previously held by Jeff Tarango, who was fined $48,000 in the '90s for walking off a Wimbledon match and verbally attacking an umpire. If Williams incurs another "major offense" at a Grand Slam in the next two years, she will be suspended from the US Open in 2010, 2011, or 2012, and her fine will increase to $175,000.

In case you missed it, Serena told the line judge: "I'm going to shove this [expletive] ball down your [expletive] throat."  Williams also swatted her racket at the judge's general direction and used finger-jabbing to reinforce her point. At the time, the display of behavior cost Williams $10,000 — the maximum penalty a player can receive on site. The onsite penalty fine will be deducted from the current ruling.

The maximum fine of $175,000 was chosen because it is the difference in winnings between reaching the quarter finals and semifinals in the US Open.

Source: Getty
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