The “statement” has been “amended”:
Monday, September 14, 2009
Press Statement Amendment
I want to amend my press statement of yesterday, and want to make it clear as possible – I want to sincerely apologize FIRST to the lines woman, Kim Clijsters, the USTA, and tennis fans everywhere for my inappropriate outburst. I’m a woman of great pride, faith and integrity, and I admit when I’m wrong.
I need to make it clear to all young people that I handled myself inappropriately and it’s not the way to act — win or lose, good call or bad call in any sport, in any manner.
I like to lead by example. We all learn from experiences both good and bad. I will learn and grow from this, and be a better person as a result.
So there you go. This obviously doesn’t end the potential for further fines and suspensions, but at least Serena’s played the part of the remorseful public figure. And the light crowd in the stands of Arthur Ashe seemed to cheer both doubles teams as they walked out to play the doubles final a few minutes ago.
Personally, I’m glad that this happened during the last Major of the year – we’ll have a nice long break before we have to talk about it again (I hope). Maybe Justine Henin’s rumored comeback will take the place of Serena Gate.