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US Open: Serena Foot Fault Controversy

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

CBS coverage of Serena Williams' foot fault vs. Kim Clijsters, US Open semis

It took her two days, but Serena Williams has finally issued an apology for shaking her racket at a lineswoman, and threatening violence with a tennis ball, for a foot fault call in a crucial moment in Williams' semi-final match against Kim Clijsters at the US Open last Saturday. Serena may have done so because she finally realized that her reaction was an "inappropriate outburst," as she said in her statement. It also may be because she faces additional penalties for her unsportsmanlike conduct, including a possible suspension from a Grand Slam event. She's already been fined $10,000....a drop in the bucket for Williams, who earned $560,000 for her singles and doubles accomplishments at the US Open.

Serena's not the first tennis player to use foul language on the court, and to berate officials. Jimmy Connors famously called a chair umpire "an abortion." We all remember John McEnroe's tirades. And just yesterday, during the men's final at the Open, Roger Federer used an expletive while arguing with the chair ump during a changeover. The usually calm, cool and collected Fed was unhinged when his opponent, Juan Martin del Potro, took his time challenging a line call. Federer told ump Jake Garner, "Don't tell me to be quiet, OK? When I want to talk, I talk. I don't give a **** what he said."

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