A few expletives and a threat are worth $82,500, the amount Serena Williams is being fined for her verbal tirade against a lineswoman after a foot-fault call during her U.S. Open semifinal loss this year. In addition to the record fine, Williams will undergo a "probationary period" over the next two years and could be suspended from the tournament if she has another "major offense" during that time. A second incident at a major championship during probation would result in a $175,000 fine and a ban on play in the following U.S. Open. The previous highest fine for a Grand Slam faux pas was a roughly $48,000 penalty to Jeff Tarango in the 1990s.
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