- Iditarod becomes mad dash for Nome
- ‘Burger King baby’ now seeks birth mom on Facebook
- Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees
- Friend: Pistorius shot gun out car without warning
- States wrestle with developing, restricting drones
- Japan marks 3rd anniversary of tsunami disasters
- Ukraine’s Crimea seeks to become independent state
- Ex-Gov. Christie aides to judge: Quash subpoenas
- Rich Peverley collapses on Dallas Stars bench; game postponed
- Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin’s parents rally against Fla. ‘stand your ground’ law
Serena apologizes for her semifinal tirade
NEW YORK | Serena Williams issued a formal apology Monday for her profanity-laced tirade against a line judge during her semifinal loss to Kim Clijsters, calling the outburst “inappropriate” and “not the way to act.”
Williams posted the statement on her Web site to clarify previous remarks in which she had expressed regret about the incident without directly apologizing.
“I want to amend my press statement of [Sunday], and want to make it clear as possible - I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, Kim Clijsters, the [U.S. Tennis Association] and mostly tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst,” she said in the new statement. “I’m a woman of great pride, faith and integrity, and I admit when I’m wrong. I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it’s not the way to act - win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner.”
She went on to say that she hoped to lead by example.
“We all learn from experiences both good and bad, I will learn and grow from this and be a better person as a result,” she said.
The USTA fined Williams $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct after she was handed a code violation and point penalty on match point against Clijsters. Down 5-6 in the second set against Clijsters and serving at 15-30, the line judge called a foot fault to set up match point, causing Williams to point at the line judge and threaten her with profanity.
Despite the outburst, she was permitted to play Monday in the women’s doubles final, in which she teamed with her sister to beat the top-ranked pair of Cara Black and Liezel Huber. It was the 10th Grand Slam doubles title for the pair and second U.S. Open win.
Williams referenced the foot fault incident during the trophy presentation after the doubles match, thanking the crowd inside Arthur Ashe Stadium for their support.
“I really, really love you guys and never want to have a bad image for you guys,” she said.
ESPN announcer Patrick McEnroe, who also serves as the USTA’s general manager of elite player development, pressed her on the issue, generating boos from the spectators.
“Has anything changed in the last 24 hours? Did something click in your head?” he asked.
Williams laughed nervously, then her sister Venus chimed in.
“What I think the crowd is saying is ‘Patrick, let’s move on.’ ”
In a postmatch news conference, Serena repeated her apology, saying that she hoped to give the offended line judge a “big ol’ hug.”
Venus also came to the defense of her sister, saying: “Everyone’s human. That’s basically what this is. Sometimes we show our emotions. I’m really proud of Serena and how she’s handled all of this.”
About the Author
Tim Lemke has been the sports business reporter for The Washington Times since 2005, writing on a wide variety of issues ranging from the construction of the Washington Nationals new ballpark to steroid hearings on Capitol Hill. He writes a weekly column titled “SportsBiz” and maintains a blog with the same name. Highlights of his career include playing some very ...
- First Down: Best weekend bets
- SportsBiz: What the next decade holds
- Shifting sands for NCAA
- Monumental sports year will connect fans on a global scale
- SportsBiz: Selling a new career
Latest Blog Entries
By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
- FCC targets black conservative in TV station fight
- Hillary Clinton campaign received funds from Jeffrey Thompson
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Senate Democrats, Republicans spar over restoring unemployment benefits
- Redskins free agency: 5 positions to watch
- EDITORIAL: Senate Democrats pointless all-night global warming talkathon
- CARNES: Kissinger's flawed and offensive analysis of Ukraine
- SAUERBREY: Taxing Marylanders until they flee
- CPAC 2014: Despite Ben Carson's speech, gay marriage mostly took a back seat at CPAC
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again