Venus Williams Fined $3,000 For Skipping Media Rituals In Paris

Venus Williams has been sanctioned to the tune of $3,000 (£1,900) by tournament organisers for aborting a mandatory news conference following her first-round exit at the French Open.

Williams, seeded 15th at the Roland Garros this year, refused to show up at the post-game media briefing after suffering a 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 defeat at the hands of fellow American Sloane Stephens in the first round.

It is the second time 34-year-old’s will suffer opening defeats at the clay tournament in the last three years.

Herself and younger sibling, Serena, also received a fine of $4,000 at Wimbledon in 2010 for not appearing at a press conference after defeat in the doubles.

Venus Williams Groans During Her 1st Round Defeat by Sloane Stephens. Image: Sports Today.
Venus Williams Groans During Her 1st Round Defeat by Sloane Stephens. Image: Sports Today.

Venus instead opted to issue a statement after failing to show up at the press conference on Monday.

She said: “When you arrive at any tournament you hope you will have a chance to work your way into the event, but I didn’t have that opportunity,” the statement said. “She just played better than me today.”

The nine-time Grand Slam winner is not scheduled for any competition until this year’s Wimbledon, which starts on 29 June.

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