Insults addressed to the judge amounted to only part of the fine.
American tennis player Serena Williams, who lost in the final of the US Open, received a fine of 17 thousand dollars. The reason was a threefold violation of the rules of conduct in the match.
From which the Williams fines:
- 10 thousand dollars – for insulting the judge on the tower. Williams called the arbitrator “liar” and “thief”, and also refused to shake his hand after the game;
- 4 thousand dollars – for the help of the coach during the match;
- 3 thousand dollars – for the racket, broken about the court.
The penalty will not greatly affect the earnings of Williams from the tournament. As Fox News reports , for a speech at the US Open, the tennis player will receive 1.85 million dollars.
Sports.ru compared the punishment Williams with a fine of 15 thousand euros, which was issued to the Australian Nick Kirios for an indecent gesture at a tournament in London. Italian Fabio Fognini at the US Open in 2017 paid $ 24,000 for insulting a judge and was disqualified from the tournament.
In the final of the US Open, Williams lost to Japanese Naomi Osaka with a score of 6-2, 6-4. During the game, the American tennis player several times disagreed with the decisions of the judge on the tower of Carlos Ramos, who took off her glasses.
After the meeting, Williams accused Ramos of being sexist and stated that he “would never punish a man like that.” The arbitrator was taken from the court even before the award ceremony, at which the stands were booed by Osaka.