Serena Williams was fined a record $82,500 for her tirade at a U.S. Open line judge and could be suspended from that tournament if she has another "major offense" at any Grand Slam in the next 2 years.
Grand Slam administrator Bill Babcock's ruling was released yesterday, and he said Williams faces a "probationary period" at tennis' four major championships in 2010 and 2011. If she has another "major offense" at a Grand Slam tournament in that time, the fine would increase to $175,000 and she would be barred from the following U.S. Open.
"But if she does not have another offense in the next 2 years, the suspension is lifted," Babcock said.
He said Williams is handing over $82,500 right now to the Grand Slam committee, already nearly double the previous highest fine for a Grand Slam offense - about $48,000 Jeff Tarango was docked in the 1990s.
Williams lashed out at a lineswoman after a foot-fault call at the end of her semifinal loss to eventual champion Kim Clijsters at the U.S. Open in September.
In other tennis news:
* Organizers of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships are planning to sell the sanctioning rights for the ATP event, meaning the city may be without a professional tournament for the first time in more than 80 years. Tournament director Kevin Martin said the event's nonprofit group faced serious economic challenges that prompted the decision. He wouldn't say where the tournament might move.
* The Philadelphia Union officially added former Real Salt Lake and U.S. National Team goalkeeper Chris Seitz to its roster in exchange for allocation money.
* NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson awarded nearly $1 million in education grants to school districts in California, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
* Rutgers soccer coach Bob Reasso has resigned after 29 seasons and more than 300 wins.