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Serena Has an Axe To Grind

Posted by gauloises1 on December 9, 2009

So the famously reticent Serena has finally opened up regarding the sanctions imposed on her by the ITF, choosing globalgrind.com (‘The World According to Hip-Hop’) as the most suitable forum:

“… To clear things up FIRST I was NOT fined 82 thousand dollars. I was fined 92 thousand dollars! I paid 10 thousand dollars on site immediately after the U. S. Open.  So for the record, I was fined $92,000 not $82,000! The biggest fine EVER in tennis.

Also for all those that don’t know, I felt incredibly bad, and miserable for losing my cool, and most importantly not representing the person I really am spiritually and the role model I want to be to my young fans.  I have been a very feisty player all my life, but when the time came for me to be calm and cool, I did not exercise a mild temper. How I regret not being a better role model and person to all of my fans. […]

A few years ago in a most important match being watched my millions; I was blatantly cheated and robbed of a US Open title by yet another official. I was again on the wrong side of not one or two, but several other bad calls. […] I received apologies from the USTA, the Lines Official, and the Head of the US Open. However I don’t recall EVER receiving a note, a phone call, a letter even a text from anyone at the Grand Slam Committee ITF apologizing about the wrong and disastrous call one of THEIR officials made.

[…] After yet ANOTHER wrong call I began to wonder- Was I being “overlooked” or wrongly judged on purpose!??? Is this being done to keep me from achieving my best? Why does this keep happening at the same place?
 
Throughout my career I have remained calm. But I guess I finally reached my breaking point. A point I should have never allowed myself to get to.  Everything seemed to have surfaced. As you know, losing my cool cost me over 92 thousand dollars.  92 thousand dollars!  This is more than most people make in a year.  92 thousand dollars!  Answer this: Why is it another player who also lost HIS cool not to a line judge – like I did – but to the main officiating judge- using the same “f word” why was HE only fined 10 thousand dollars.  Was what I did 10 times worse than what he did?!

There is another HE who was fined less than half of what I was fined after someone in his camp actually physically ATTACKED an official!!!!

What about the famous HE who made arguing with officials “cool”. Cool for “MEN” I guess.
Is it because they are all HE’s and not a SHE like me?

It is indeed a massive difference. Being American I guess the 1st amendment, freedom of speech, does not apply to a SHE in this case?  In any event the Grand Slam Committee, ITF and its staff did not hesitate to call, send a note, text, nor write letters after this incident.  Ironic is it not?

I don’t mind being fined. If I did wrong I accept the repercussions. All I ask for is to be treated equal.
 
When I was fined the 92K, I asked to see if I could donate some of it to different schools, and programs I’m involved in.  My request was denied.  So, I decided to match the fine by raising money and donating an additional 92K to my 2nd school that I am opening up in Africa, as well as to schools that I am helping here in the United States.  I also want to educate women about what I learned from this whole experience. How we as women are still treated as less than equal.  I am going to turn this 92K into a positive!!!”

Kudos to Serena for her charity work, obviously. But I don’t think expressing these particular opinions is going to do her many favours. Apart from anything else, wasn’t Jeff Tarango banned from Wimbledon after his wife slapped the umpire, which I assume is the incident she refers to above? If you really want to be treated equally, Serena ….

10 Responses to “Serena Has an Axe To Grind”

  1. lauren said

    Wow, she even gets to boast about having the biggest fine. I’m giving her the prize for the biggest pack of excuses.

  2. Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

    She’s really good at letting things go isn’t she? Also, If I were Serena I wouldn’t bring up that ninety-two thousand dollars is “… more than most people make in a year,” but it’s pocket change for me, pocket change I forked over for an unprofessional tirade.

    • Arun said

      LOL. Maybe, if the ITF had suspended her from the game for sometime (like they did in the cases of Connors and JMac) instead of imposing a monetary fine, she wouldn’t have felt as victimized as she is prolly feeling now.

  3. Ribbons said

    *sigh* I can’t help wishing she’d made the donation and simply declared, “Tennis has a sexism problem” without bringing Fed/Nestor/et al into it, because, yeah, it just pours gasoline on the already thoroughly roasted dead equines about whether the transgressions are truly comparable, instead of spotlighting how awesome it is that she’s giving 92K to schools.

  4. mrdarnley said

    Maybe it’s the picture but her diatribe comes across as irritating. She has good points and indeed she may be right, but does she not realise the way you project your message is just as important as the message itself.

    And for my last bitchy writer comment … capital case does not provide the appropriate emphasis, it only shows she can’t make her statement in an elegant fashion.

    Where are her PR people?

  5. Lynsey said

    Why is it another player who also lost HIS cool not to a line judge – like I did – but to the main officiating judge- using the same “f word” why was HE only fined 10 thousand dollars. Was what I did 10 times worse than what he did?!

    Did she miss the part where she physically threatened to harm someone? Of course Roger was stupid and wrong for cursing and he deserved the fines, but I don’t recall him threatening physical harm on Jake Garner.

  6. Mom2KidsDog said

    Serena conveniently forgets that the reason she is not being treated equally is because her behavior was NOT EQUAL to that of Federer’s. He may have dropped the f-bomb as she did, but he never physically threatened anyone, never waved his racket in someone’s face in a threatening manner, nor did he blithely and arrogantly pretend he didn’t do anything wrong in a press conference afterwards. She also conveniently forgets that the blatantly bad call, et al., during her US Open match with Jennifer Capriati resulted in Hawkeye being instituted.

    She simply cannot admit that she foot-faulted and that she lost the match by not playing as well as Kim Clijsters up to that point. I don’t think she was mad about the foot-fault call (she admitted she foot-faulted in her press conference), she was mad about losing.

  7. Mom2KidsDog said

    And another thing. This is so atypical for Serena to point the finger elsewhere. When she loses, the only person to blame is herself…I made too many mistakes, if I had played better, my serve wasn’t working, yadda, yadda, yadda. Very rarely does Serena give credit where credit is due, to the other player WHO BEAT HER. Where is that self-flagellating persona now?

  8. imtotallyrad said

    oh im sensing i may be one of few who proudly flies the serena flag, i love the woman (but not like that), im prepared to admit that she did wrong by losing her cool as she did, but then i do think the whole thing was blown slightly out of proportin. So what if she “threatend” an official i’ve lost count of the number of times i’ve gone off my nut and threated to cram objects up/down places the good lord never intended them to go. Or how many times i’ve threated to “kill” someone(im not crazy i swear) its something everyone says or does from time to time but nothing that should be taken seriously. I refuses to see why “famous” people are treated so differently, i know people look up to them and such, but at the end of the day “famous” people are still just people.
    92K is a ridiculous amount of money to be fined for dropping a few curse words and getting angry, and maybe its the inner female freedom fighter in me, but i do think shes right that there is slightly different regulations for HE and SHE.

  9. naughty T said

    she should have just called on her Jehovah to smite that pesky line judge.
    …. you know the sexist Jehovah that only lets men sit at his right hand…

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