During the championship match of the US Open against Naomi Osaka, renowned women’s tennis player Serena Williams was fined a total of $17,000 for multiple rule violations. She was charged $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of the chair referee Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for violation of coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket on the court.
In the second game of the match, Ramos gave Williams a warning for allegedly taking signs from her coach in the stands. After refuting the claim she then approached the referee’s stand and began to tell Ramos that, “cheating is the one thing she has never done” and was persistent in the fact that she was not taking signs. Later as the match had continued, Williams broke a racket out of frustration after Ramos made a poor ruling. This automatically cost her a point and also the game. The point loss gave her opponent a game win and the lead in the match 5-3.
Following the point redaction, Williams again confronted Ramos which led to a heated argument. In the altercation, Williams referred to Ramos as a “thief” for stealing her point, which lead to her most hefty fine of $10,000 for verbal abuse of a referee. According to the Grand Slam Rule Book, “verbal abuse” is defined as “a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive."
The chaotic match eventually ended with Serena Williams falling short to Naomi Osaka. With the win Osaka became the first Japanese born tennis player to win a Singles Grand Slam.