THROWBACK: Serena Williams Received $10K Fine for Damaging Court at Wimbledon Championships

Published 06/19/2021, 5:03 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Serena Williams of the United States looks dejected against Angelique Kerber of Germany in the ladies final at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Wimbledon Championships has the most revered grass courts in the world. It is principally because of their inch-perfect and systematic maintenance all year round. Arguably, it is also one of the main reasons why Serena Williams received a $10,000 fine for damaging a championships court during a practice session in 2019.


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However, the extend of her fine in comparison with other penalities was considerably high. It only adds to the case of how much the All England Lawn Tennis Club values its courts.

On the other side, the 23-time Grand Slam champion had a fitting reply for this decision. Here’s what she said.


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Serena Williams’ reaction to receiving $10K for damaging court during Wimbledon 2019

Apparently, the record seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams only threw her racquet on the court. And hence, she came up with a hilarious response, calling herself strong as a superhero, precisely an Avenger.

“I just threw my racquet. I got fined.” She quipped, “I have always been an Avenger in my heart. Maybe I’m super strong.”

Serena Williams of The United States celebrates victory during the Ladies Singles second round match against Christina McHale of the United States on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

What made the monetary penalty striking is how much AELTC had fined other players in the past. For instance, Italian hothead Fabio Fognini hoped for a bomb to drop at Wimbledon after losing a match. In that case, he had received a mere $3000 fine.

Additionally, Aussie maverick Nick Kyrgios got a $3000 then a $5000 fine for unsportsmanlike conduct. To top them all, Australian Bernard Tomic gave away all he earned at Wimbledon 2019 ($58,000) for failing to fulfill the ‘required professional standard.’

Serena Williams looks dejected during the women’s singles final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/PA Images via Getty Images)

Even so, tennis fans and experts had never encountered a fine during a practice session before. To this day, it remains one of the debatable fines in tennis history.

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Serena’s incredible run in Wimbledon 2018 and 2019

Despite the small hurdle, the 2018 Wimbledon finalist again reached the final in 2019. However, the Romanian talent Simona Halep crushed Serena’s 24th Grand Slam dream then.


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Following that, the Championships got canceled in 2020; Serena then agreed to play Wimbledon 2021. No doubt, she wants to win her eighth Wimbledon title.

Interestingly, with Covid restrictions and the tennis bubble in Wimbledon, things might get messy regarding the fines. Let’s see if any new stories about the Wimbledon fines join the list in 2021.


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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.