Serena Williams claims ‘I would probably be in jail’ for an violent outburst like Alexander Zverev


Serena Williams takes a swipe at ‘double standards’ by claiming ‘I would probably be in jail’ for committing a violent outburst like Alexander Zverev… as former world No 1 was placed on probation for two years after clashing with a line judge











Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams said she would have faced far harsher punishment had she engaged in similar behaviour to German Alexander Zverev, who was thrown out of a tournament last month for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The world No 3 was kicked out of the ATP 500 event in Acapulco after he smashed his racket repeatedly against the umpire’s chair after a doubles defeat.

Zverev was later fined $40,000 for the incident, in which he came perilously close to hitting umpire Alessandro Germani.

Serena Williams has taken a swipe in the aftermath of Alexander Zverev’s outburst

‘There is absolutely a double standard,’ former world number one Williams told CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour. ‘I would probably be in jail if I did that – like, literally, no joke.

‘I was actually on probation once,’ she added, but declined with a chuckle to discuss further when Amanpour inquired about the incident.

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In 2009, the Grand Slam committee placed Williams on probation for two years and fined her $175,000 for a ‘major offence of aggravated behaviour’ during her semi-final against eventual champion Kim Clijsters at the U.S. Open.

Williams was placed on probation for two years after clashing with a line judge in 2009

Williams was placed on probation for two years after clashing with a line judge in 2009

The American clashed with a line judge after she was called for a foot fault on a second serve at 15-30, 5-6 in the second set having lost the first.

‘You see that (double standard) when you see other things happening on the tour, like, ‘wait – if I had done that? Hmm,” said Williams.

‘But it’s okay. At the end of the day I am who I am and I love who I am.’ 

Alexander Zverev was out of the Mexican Open after attacking the umpire's chair

Alexander Zverev was out of the Mexican Open after attacking the umpire’s chair

The German was furious after a doubles loss in which he struck the umpire's chair four time

The German was furious after a doubles loss in which he struck the umpire’s chair four time

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