Ruling on Serena's U.S. Open tirade coming soon

November 6, 2009

A ruling on Serena Williams' U.S. Open tirade is expected in the next two weeks.

Serena's big meltdown

Photos: On a wild September night at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams lost it on a line judge.

"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."

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