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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Brian Earley
A day after losing the U.S. Open final, Serena Williams was hit with a $2,000 fine for berating the chair umpire during her match against Samantha Stosur. It seemed like an open-and-shut case.
Serena Williams was fined $2,000 by the U.S. Open on Monday for berating the chair umpire during the final.
NEW YORK (AP) | Serena Williams was fined $2,000 by the U.S. Open on Monday for berating the chair umpire during the final.
Even before she began berating the chair umpire, things were not going well for Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final.
Unhappy about being sent out to play at the rain-soaked U.S. Open, a trio of tennis stars _ Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray _ marched from their courts to the tournament referee's office to voice their complaints.
Andy Roddick's match against David Ferrer at the U.S. Open was moved to tiny Court 13 on Thursday because water was gathering on the surface of the court in Louis Armstrong Stadium.
"We try to be as consistent as we can in all areas," U.S. Open referee Brian Earley said. "We document very carefully the court resurfacing process so if possible we get the courts to play the same speed. That's a big variable as well. The balls we very carefully standardize in terms of manufacture and delivery dates. Anything that we can use that will provide consistency gives us one less variable."
Tournament director Brian Earley said Asderaki's ruling was proper, according to U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier.