| By Steven Kaplan

Serena Williams is back at the U.S. Open, and while two years have passed, some things have remained the same. In 2009, after threatening to shove a ball down a linepersons throat in a profane tirade, Serena was placed on a two-year probation at Grand Slam events.

Serena could have said that she got carried away and lost her cool in an emotional moment and had closure. Instead, she deflected responsibility and denied reality. Serena was asked what she remembered most about the match.

I, along with the rest of the world, remember a verbal assault, but she replied, "I just remember I lost and that was that. I got really popular. A lot of people were telling me they thought I was super cool."

When asked by Patrick McEnroe about what she learned from the incident, she replied, "I don't think about it, are you still thinking about it?"

Serena is one of the best women's players of all time, but from this example, it seems she needs some intense therapy to address her propensity to violence and delusion.

Grow up Serena.

Winners devoid of character are quickly forgotten. Champions have integrity and their legend endures as much for who they are as for what they have done.

Serena ... how do you want to be remembered?

Steven Kaplan

Steve Kaplan is the owner and managing director of Bethpage Park Tennis Center, as well as director emeritus of Lacoste Academy for New York City Parks Foundation, and executive director and founder of Serve &Return Inc. Steve has coached more than 1,100 nationally- ranked junior players, 16 New York State high school champions, two NCAA Division 1 Singles Champions, and numerous highly-ranked touring professionals. Many of the students Steve has closely mentored have gone to achieve great success as prominent members of the New York financial community, and in other prestigious professions. In 2017, Steve was awarded the Hy Zausner Lifetime Achievement Award by the USTA. He may be reached by e-mail at StevenJKaplan@aol.com.