Saturday, October 23, 2021

Venus Williams Slapped with $3000 Fine at French Open

A dejected Venus Williams of the United States during her Women's Singles match against Sloane Stephens of the United States on day two of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2015 in Paris, France
A dejected Venus Williams of the United States during her Women’s Singles match against Sloane Stephens of the United States on day two of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2015 in Paris, France

*Venus Williams bailed on her mandatory press conference at the French Open on Monday following her first-round exit – and for that she was fined $3,000.

After the 15th-seeded Williams lost 7-6 (5), 6-1 to Sloane Stephens on Monday, she blew off the media, instead issuing a short statement to the press.

It was Williams’ second opening defeat in three years at Roland Garros. At 34, the seven-time major champion was the oldest woman in the women’s draw this year in Paris.

It also was the fifth time in the last 13 Grand Slam tournaments she’s entered that Williams was eliminated in the first round.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. SO WHAT THAT’S A DROP OF CHANGE IN THE BUCKET! THE MEDIA REALLY. AFTER LOSING I WOULDN’T HAVE MUCH TO SAY.

  2. OK, why get fined just because you have no comment or don’t want to talk to the press and why is it a mandatory press conference?

  3. It’s a big part of promoting the sport. Sports franchises get paid a tremendous amount of money for rights to air their games where the athlete gets a piece of it and the post-game interviews are a part of that agreement.

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