What do you give a woman who has everything, including a temper problem? A cricket bat, apparently.
During Thanksgiving weekend in Barbados, Serena Williams was honored at a promotional kick-off for the ICC WT20 West Indies 2010, a four-team cricket tournament in desperate need of a less-unwieldy name. Organizers presented the 11-time Grand Slam champ with a commemorative cricket bat because apparently they don't get a U.S. Open feed down in Barbados.
Williams was in the Caribbean for an exhibition series against Caroline Wozniacki. One day after the ceremony, she was fined $82,500 and put on a two-year probation by Grand Slam officials for her infamous U.S. Open tirade.
Of all the cricket-related things to give Serena, why a bat? I'm not saying Serena is going to use it for throat-shoving purposes upon a linejudge who makes a bad call, but I'm not saying she won't either. Couldn't they have given her a wicket or a bail or a stump? How about a Barbados cricket jersey or a signed picture of famed cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan? Anything besides a bat.