It’s often said the punishment should fit the crime.
In the case of Serena Williams and her latest on-court hissy fit in Sunday’s U.S. Open final, most would agree, the $2,000 fine she received was hardly a fitting punishment for a repeat offender on one of the sport’s biggest stages.
Credit Williams for deciding the apology should fit the fine.
(continued): “to get back to the US Open this year, and I am thankful to have had such a great two weeks in New York.”
She’s also thankful to have pulled in $900,000 for finishing second at Flushing Meadows and another $500,000 for winning the U.S. Open Series. In that context, $2,000 (or 0.14 percent of her total haul) hardly registers.
Williams should be counting her blessings that Grand Slam officials decided not to hammer her with a serious fine (six figures) and suspension from a future Grand Slam event. She was still serving probation from a much-publicized threatening rant at a lineswoman at the 2009 Open. Apparently, round two was not deemed to be “a major offense.”
As such, Williams decided she didn’t need to bother with a “major apology.”