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Marianna Sargsyan

05-03-2022 | 18:17 Tennis

Serena Williams breaks silence on Zverev's behaviour, makes 'double standard' claim

Serena Williams has spoken about Alexander Zverev, claiming that she'd 'be in jail' if she did what the World No. 3 did. Last month, Zverev was kicked out of the ATP 500 event in Acapulco, after smashing his racket on the umpire's chair. The German's punishment was simple - just a $40,000 fine for hitting umpire Alessandro Germani. Speaking to CNN, the 23-time Grand Slam champion said the following. (via Straitstimes)
"There is absolutely a double standard," the former world No. 1 told the reporter.   "I would probably be in jail if I did that - like, literally, no joke. I was actually on probation once."
In 2009 Williams met a two-year probation and $175,000 fine for 'major offence of aggravated behaviour' during her semi-final against 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,'" she added.   "But it's okay. At the end of the day, I am who I am and I love who I am."
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