Serena Williams – US tennis star Serena is in the news today for her outburst at the weekend’s US Open Tennis final. Serena appeared to lose it with umpire Eva Asderaki at the start of the second set when she was docked a point for shouting out before the call had reached her opponent Samantha Stosur. Under tennis Grand Slam rules this is seen as a deliberate hindrance and as such means the immediate loss of a point.
After the point was awarded to Stosur Serena spoke loudly to the umpire and was still arguing with her at the change of ends and called the umpire “out of control” and “unattractive inside”.
Serena went on to lose the match to Stosur 6-2 6-3. The worry from Serena’s supporters was that her outburst could have seen her banned from next years US Open as she was still playing under a ban from the 2009 US Open when she launched a verbal attack on a lineswoman.
She was lucky with today’s news as the official statement from the US Tennis Association shows: “US Open tournament referee Brian Earley has fined Serena Williams US$2,000 following the code violation issued for verbal abuse during the women’s singles final.
“This fine is consistent with similar offences at Grand Slam events. As with all fines at the US Open, the monies levied are provided to the Grand Slam Development Fund which develops tennis programmes around the world.
“After independently reviewing the incident which served as the basis for the code violation, and taking into account the level of fine imposed by the US Open referee, the grand slam committee director has determined that Ms Williams’ conduct, while verbally abusive, does not rise to the level of a major offence under the grand slam code of conduct.”
So far in her career Serena has 13 Grand Slam singles titles as well as a further 12 women’s doubles and 2 mixed doubles. If she wants to add to this total she will need to take care of her temper in future tournaments.
The couple were spotted together at the premiere of George’s latest film “The Ides Of March” . Although they arrived separately they were seen together at the after film party. They reportedly started dating last month after being introduced by a mutual friend.
Stacy was well-known for her extremely long legs during her time as a professional wrestler and also during her appearances on US tv programme “Dancing With The Stars”. Bruno Tonioli described Stacy as “The Weapon of Mass Seduction” during her time on the dance series. Stacy was clearly a great dancer receiving 4 perfect scores with her dance partner Tony Dovolani. The couple ended up finishing in 3rd place in the series.
It may not be for her dancing skills that George has started seeing Stacy as she was placed Number 5 in the Maxim Hot 100 list in 2006.
Kindle – it appears that Amazon is working on plans to provide a subscription rental service for its Kindle e-book reader users. According to the Wall Street Journal Amazon.com is firstly planning to provide the service to its Amazon Prime customers.
The new move could be a further step towards Amazon’s expected move into the tablet market later this year.
Amazon has been extremely successful with the Kindle both in the US and the UK. The product has proved popular with young and old and those in-between. People have quickly come to terms with the benefits provided by a device that can let you take many 100’s of books with you in a smaller space than that taken up by the average paperback.
As well as being able to read books and newspapers the Kindle lets users access the Internet for free although you can only see things on the device’s black and white screen which may be a limitation for some.
Andy Whitfield – the Welsh actor famous for his role in gladiator series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” has died at the age of 39 after losing his battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma some 18 months ago and died on Sunday in Sydney, Australia where he had moved to from the UK back in 1999.
Andy gained his first big role in the film “Gabriel” in 2007. His big break came with the part of the soldier Spartacus in “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” in 2010. He sadly only took part in the first series as his illness prevented him taking part in the second series where his part was played by Liam McIntyre.
His wife Vashti released the following statement with regard to her husband’s death: “On a beautiful sunny Sydney … morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18-month battle with lymphoma cancer,”
As well as his wife Andy leaves 2 children.