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Ruling on Serena's US Open Tirade Expected In The Next Two Weeks

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Ruling on Serena's US Open Tirade Expected Soon

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: November 6, 2009
Filed at 10:33 a.m. ET

REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy (AP) -- A ruling on Serena Williams' U.S. Open tirade is expected in the next two weeks.

''It's in the hands of the Grand Slam administrator, who I believe has now completed his investigation and will be making a ruling within the next two weeks,'' United States Tennis Association President Lucy Garvin told The Associated Press on Friday. ''That's what we have been told -- that Serena would hear, we would hear.''

The Grand Slam administrator is Bill Babcock.

Williams was fined $10,000 after her profanity-laced outburst at a lineswoman during her semifinal loss to Kim Clijsters in September, and she could face a more severe penalty in the coming weeks.

''We really have not gone down that path of making a judgment as to what would be right or wrong at this point,'' Garvin said. ''She was defaulted out of the singles and she has apologized sincerely. So we'll just have to see what the Grand Slam administrator comes to the Grand Slam committee chairs with. I think Serena is very anxious to hear.''

Speaking before the Fed Cup final between the United States and Italy that starts Saturday, Garvin said she has discussed Andre Agassi's recent drug revelations with some board members, but that ''nothing official'' has been decided.

''It definitely was surprising to all of us,'' Garvin said. ''Andre is a very open individual now -- he's older, he's matured, he's been a wonderful ambassador the sport. I'm not sure of his reasoning as to why he felt he wanted to disclose that, but that's his personal business and he chose to do it.''

In his book ''Open,'' which goes on sale Monday, the eight-time Grand Slam champion said he used crystal meth in 1997 and failed a drug test -- a result he says was thrown out after he lied by saying he unwittingly took the substance.

''Back in that time we didn't have the anti-doping set up like the ITF has it setup now,'' Garvin said.

Serena and Venus Williams opted not to play the Fed Cup final after meeting in the championship match of the season-ending WTA Tour championships last weekend. Garvin suggested the schedule is too tough on the top players.

''It is (upsetting), and this is something that has happened in Davis Cup also,'' she said. ''After Wimbledon we played a Davis Cup match and Andy (Roddick) was not able to play. But we have to understand that. The schedules are very taxing. At all times we should be looking at the schedule and seeing if we can improve it, and talking with the ITF as to what could be done to make it easier for the players.''

Without the Williams sisters, 18-year-old Melanie Oudin -- the surprise U.S. Open quarterfinalist -- is the top singles player for the Americans this weekend.

Oudin was asked about Williams' outburst.

''I'm a player as well and when you're on the court playing, emotions are going crazy and anything can happen,'' Oudin said. ''I have no idea how she was feeling that day, but I heard she apologized and I think that was definitely the right thing to do.''

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So much fuss over nothing. Nothing should happpen and nothing will happen.


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One said she may lose 1000 Ranking points, but I don't think so.....

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Oudin was asked about Williams' outburst.

''I'm a player as well and when you're on the court playing, emotions are going crazy and anything can happen,'' Oudin said. ''I have no idea how she was feeling that day, but I heard she apologized and I think that was definitely the right thing to do.''
Great response.

I really hope Serena doesn't get banned... honestly I don't think she will. It would be a disservice to women's tennis honestly. To miss out on starting the year with a Grand Slam that has a healthy Sharapova, a recharged and recommitted Clijsters and Henin, Serena, and Venus plus consistent contenders Jankovic, Dementieva, Ivanovic (? ), and new kids on the block Wozniacki and Azarenka would be just a shame.

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Another reason why I love Oudin!

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Garvin said. ''She was defaulted out of the singles and she has apologized sincerely.
Lucy Garvin. Get your facts right.

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So much fuss over nothing. Nothing should happpen and nothing will happen.
Over nothing?

Sorry, but you don't threaten someone's life and call that "nothing."

Yes, their "deliberating" over this is a little excessive, but when someone says/does something as terrible and drastic as what Serena did, it would be utterly ridiculous if they didn't look into punishing her further. I'm not saying she should get punished further, but it's definitely something you make an effort at looking into or deliberating-- not necessarily because something should be done, but at least to save face.

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fine and no suspension, the suspension should've been for the doubles...

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Hopefully she will get an appropriate punishment
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Rodionova, Azarenka, Poutchek...are worse in ALL their matches and they aren't punished!

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Serena should be fined in the amount of her USO Singles prize money.

And, it needs to be noted, Serena was NOT defaulted. That makes a big difference, especially when contemplating appropriate punishment.
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Rodionova, Azarenka, Poutchek...are worse in ALL their matches and they aren't punished!
Unless they have physically injured a judge on person, no way are they worse than this incident.

Granted, they may be worse overall, but none of their single acts are anywhere near this one.

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Over nothing?

Sorry, but you don't threaten someone's life and call that "nothing."

Yes, their "deliberating" over this is a little excessive, but when someone says/does something as terrible and drastic as what Serena did, it would be utterly ridiculous if they didn't look into punishing her further. I'm not saying she should get punished further, but it's definitely something you make an effort at looking into or deliberating-- not necessarily because something should be done, but at least to save face.
In the meantime Wickmayer got suspended, the Agassi issue eruputed. And war continues in Afghanistan. The Serena outburst is a non-issue.
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Serena should be fined in the amount of her USO Singles prize money.

And, it needs to be noted, Serena was NOT defaulted. That makes a big difference, especially when contemplating appropriate punishment.
exactly. Serena was NOT defaulted.
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In the meantime Wickmayer got suspended, the Agassi issue eruputed. And war continues in Afghanistan. The Serena outburst is a non-issue.

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