Williams threatens to sue Wimbledon referee

There have been many instances of tennis players taking their frustrations out on umpires and match referees, but never quite like Serena Williams who threatened to sue a Wimbledon match referee over the soggy conditions. 

The world number one took aim at match referee Andrew Jarrett during her 7-5, 6-0 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova, which saw her advance to the quarter-finals.

The confrontation occurred when the court conditions became slippery and Williams lashed out at Jarrett before saying that she would sue him if she got hurt.

“If I get hurt, I’m suing him,” Williams said during the match.

Williams then went after umpire Marija Cicaks as she wanted the roof to be closed due to a light drizzle that was falling.

“I’m going to fall. I don’t get it. Can’t they just close the roof?” she said.

In her post-match press conference, the 34-year-old regretted her on-court comments and made it clear that she has no intentions of suing anyone.

“Playing on the grass is a little tricky because, you know, we don’t even start play till 10:00 for practice because of the dew, the morning dew on the grass,” she said. “You can definitely slide. It’s very slippery out there.

“I was in the moment. I was on the court. What I say on the court, whether it’s smashing my rackets or it’s in the heat of the moment … I have no plans, no future of suing Wimbledon. Let’s get serious. That’s not what I do, that’s not what I am.

“I’m not answering any more questions about that, nor will I want anyone reporting that either. That’s just completely absurd and wrong.”

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