According to The Associated Press, the 23-time Grand Slam champion threw her racket and caused damage to the court while practicing on Sunday. The $10,000 fine is small given she’s earned around $367,000 in guaranteed winnings for making it this far in the tournament. However, she wasn’t the only player to receive a fine. Fabio Forgnini was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine for saying he wished a bomb would hit Wimbledon after his loss. Nick Kyrgios was also hit with violations totaling the sum of $8,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Williams is set to face fellow American Alison Riske in the quarterfinals. The tennis star has yet to make her situation public, but her fans have taken to social media to protest the penalty, considering how much Forgnini was charged for his actions.
Fabio Fognini, who is still on probation from the misogynistic remarks that got him DQed from the 2017 US Open, received only a $3,000 fine for the remarks below that he thought #Wimbledon deserved to be bombed.
Privilege is nice. https://t.co/J2RMCSYR6U
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 8, 2019
Ah, very cool stuff.
Serena Williams was fined $10,000 for “damaging” a #Wimbledon practice court before the the tournament started.
Fabio Fognini got fined only $3,000 for hoping the All England Club and everybody in got blown up.
Totally normal system. pic.twitter.com/fbAKR851Mp
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) July 8, 2019