Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has been handed a $10,000 (approx. Ksh.1 million)fine for damaging one of the practice courts with her racket.
The incident occurred on an outside court during a training session the day before this year’s grass grand slam began, according to organizers.
The American has previously been fined $10,000 at the All England Club for repeatedly smashing her racket on the court during a second-round victory over Christina McHale in 2016.
Australia’s Bernard Tomic was fined his full Wimbledon prize money of $58,500 last week for not meeting the “required professional standard” during his lacklustre 58-minute first-round defeat by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Italy’s Fabio Fognini was also docked $3,000 for saying a “bomb should explode” on the All England Club following his third-round loss to Tennys Sandgren Saturday.
Another Australian Nick Kyrgios has been fined twice — $3,000 and $5,000 — during this year’s championships for incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct in his first and second-round matches.
Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus have also been fined $10,000 for incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct.
Williams, who was also fined $17,00 for her remarks towards the umpire in last September’s US Open final, has dropped just one set in her opening four matches.
She beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-2 Monday to set up an All-American quarter-final with Alison Riske, who upset world No.1 Ashleigh Barty.
The 37-year-old Williams is targeting a first Wimbledon title since 2016 and a record-equaling 24th grand slam victory.Of the four players left in William’s half of the draw, they collectively have 31 major final appearances between them– but unfortunately for her opponents, Serena has all 31 of them.
Williams and her mixed doubles partner Andy Murray are also in second-round action against Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo Tuesday.
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