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‘I would probably be in jail’: Serena sees double-standard in Zverev case

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‘I would probably be in jail’: Serena sees double-standard in Zverev case

CONTROVERSIAL. Serena Williams had her share of on-court meltdowns.

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Former world No. 1 Serena Williams thinks she would have gotten a harsher punishment had she acted the same way as Alexander Zverev, who came perilously close to hitting the umpire

Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams said she would have faced far harsher punishment had she engaged in similar behavior 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. 

“There is absolutely a double standard,” former world No. 1 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 offense of aggravated behavior” during her semifinal against eventual champion Kim Clijsters at the US Open.

“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.” – Rappler.com