FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. during a pool training session via REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo
March 4, 2022
(Reuters) – 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams said she would have faced a far harsher punishment if she had acted similarly to Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who was kicked out of a tournament last month for unsportsmanlike conduct .
The world number three was kicked out at the ATP 500 event in Acapulco after repeatedly smashing his racquet into the referee’s chair after a double loss.
Zverev was later fined $40,000 for the incident in which he came dangerously close to meeting referee Alessandro Germani.
“There’s absolutely a double standard,” former world number one Williams told CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour. “I would probably end up in jail if I did that – literally no joke.
“I was actually on parole once,” she added, but declined with a chuckle to discuss further when Amanpour inquired about the incident.
In 2009, the Grand Slam committee placed Williams on two-year probation and fined her $175,000 for a “serious misdemeanor” during her semifinal match against eventual champion Kim Clijsters at the US Open.
“You see that (with a double standard) when you see other things that happen on tour like, ‘Wait — if I had done that? Hmm,” Williams said.
“But it’s okay. At the end of the day, I am who I am and I love who I am.”
(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Ken Ferris)
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