So Serena Williams received the big fine today. And I mean the biggest fine in professional tennis history. The fine was in the whopping amount of $82,500 to be handed over to the Grand Slam committee.
At first I was completely baffled at the size of this fine. I mean it is double the amount of any other fine given in tennis history. In the grand scheme of things though, Serena made over 6.5 million in prize money during the course of the 2009 season and who knows how much in endorsements and other ventures. But this is a very steep fine.
In my eyes, it is not so much the steepness of the fine which is the problem. It is the length of time it took for the fine to come out. Why did it take so long for them to come out with the punishment? This incident occurred on September 12th. Like, does it really take 2 and a half months to come up with a fine? Serena is one of the shining stars of women’s tennis and ended up the year ranked number 1 in the world. She is the most well-known female tennis player in the world. So her actions, obviously should not be condoned, although we have condoned Tiger Wood’s baby antics for years now. Look at El Tigre now.
If you get a chance, please look back at the actual incident that occurred on the 12th of September in Serena’s semifinal match with the eventual champion Kim Clijsters. Yes, her actions were way out of line. But if you look closely at the foot fault call, I do not see how that call could of possibly been made. It was so close that there is no way that a call gets made like that at that stage in a match. Now do I think it affected the actual outcome of the match?..No, but it was definitely not a good call.
So Serena is handling this well now and will pay her fine. Hopefully she can avoid another incident like this for the rest of the career and this can just become a bad memory. I feel that Serena has shown great maturity in how she is handling this situation compared to how she dealt with it initially.
So my question for you all is, do you think the fine should be this steep? And do you think if it wasn’t Serena Williams, that the fine would be as heavy as it is?
Stay tuned for the next edition of the Sportskraze.