Serena Williams has been fined a total of $17,000 (£13,000) for the code violations she was handed during the US Open final on 8 September.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion was beaten by Naomi Osaka in straight sets but the contest will be long remembered for her involvement in a row with chair umpire Carlos Ramos.
She was handed a code violation for coaching, for racquet abuse and for verbal abuse aimed towards the umpire after she called him a ‘thief’ and a ‘liar’.
It’s standard practice to be fined for code violations at Grand Slam events and the money will come out of her $1.85m (£1.4m) runners-up prize money.
Williams was fined $10,000 (£7,700) for verbal abuse of Ramos, $4,000 (£3,000) for being warned for coaching, and $3,000 (£2,300) for breaking her racquet. Each code violation fine handed out can total up to $20,000 (£14,400) and Williams’ main debt to pay was for her verbal abuse of Ramos.
The American great found herself incensed by a coaching call from the chair early in the second set. Williams stormed over to him and said: ‘It was not coaching. I do not cheat to win. I would rather lose. I just want you to know that.’
After being broken by Osaka she was then handed a second violation for smashing her racquet, which led to a point penalty. Once she realised she had been handed a point penalty, she continued to berate Ramos, branding him a ‘thief’ and a ‘liar’. ‘You owe me an apology,’ she said.
‘You will never ever ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are a liar. Say it, say you’re sorry. You stole a point from me. You’re a thief, too.’
A game penalty followed and Osaka went on to serve out the match.
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