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.
My emotions did get the best of me this past weekend when I disagreed with the umpire. It has been a long road (cont) http://t.co/ofDWRRu
(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.”