Serena Williams fined for U.S. Open outburst


Tennis champion Serena Williams was fined a record-setting $82,500 Monday for her fiery argument in September with a U.S. Open judge.  The previous highest fine issued at a Grand Slam tournament was $48,000.  She is now on probation for the next two years.  If another altercation occurs during that time, Williams would face a $175,000 fine and be barred from the U.S. Open, said Grand Slam administrator Bill Babcock.

Williams is a 11-time Grand Slam singles champion and ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association.

“I am thankful that we now have closure on the incident and we can all move forward,” Williams said in a statement released Monday by her publicist. “I am back in training in preparation for next season and I continue to be grateful for all of the support from my fans and the tennis community.”