Amidst all her winning at the iconic Wimbledon tennis tournament, American ace Serena Williams, 37, has also garnered some negative attention.
It is being reported that Williams damaged one of the courts at Wimbledon during a pre-tournament practice session and will face a fine of $10,000 for the incident.
It is unclear what exactly Serena did to warrant such a hefty penalty, but reports say she used her racquet to inflict the damage.
"The code given is for unsportsmanlike behaviour. The reason is court damage," a spokeswoman told AFP.
The All England Club, the organization that hosts Wimbledon doled out the fine. $10,000 might seem like a lot of money to us ordinary folk, but to someone who has already earned $367,000 for making the quarterfinals, it is merely a drop in the bucket.
The real sting likely comes from the humiliation of having been sanctioned in the prestigious tournament, and the negative press the story will generate.
This isn’t the first time Williams has been hit with fines over her actions at Wimbledon.
“Last year, Williams was also fined a total of $17,000 after she defended herself against an umpire at the U.S. Open who accused her of illegally communicating with her coach during a match.
“During that  incident, the umpire issued three code violations to Williams: One for receiving illegal coaching, a second for breaking her tennis racket in frustration and a third after she confronted the umpire and called him a ‘thief.’”
Concerning this week’s violation, Serena spoke with reporters after her quarterfinal win over Alison Riske on Tuesday. She seemed relatively unfazed by the whole thing.
“I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest,” she said when asked about the fine. “I just threw my racquet. I got fined.”
Williams seemed unclear about how she managed to cause such damage.
“I mean, I guess if you could tell me, I would appreciate it,” she told reporters. “I mean, I have always been an Avenger in my heart. Maybe I’m super strong. I don’t know.”
“Of course, many consider the grass courts at Wimbledon to be sacred," reports TMZ, "which explains the hefty fine.”