Venus Williams fined for snubbing press conference after French Open exit


Venus Williams has been fined $3,000 by tournament organisers for not attending a press conference following her first-round exit at the French Open.

After Williams, the 15th seed, lost 7-6, 6-1 to Sloane Stephens on Monday, she snubbed the media, instead issuing a short statement: “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. She just played better than me today.”

It was Williams’ second opening defeat in three years at Roland Garros. At 34, the seven-time major champion was the oldest woman in the women’s draw this year in Paris. It also was the fifth time in the last 13 grand slam tournaments she’s entered that Williams was eliminated in the first round.

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