Serena Williams Allegedly Fails To Tip Wait Staff

| by Jordan Smith
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Tennis star Serena Williams allegedly failed to tip the wait staff at a New York restaurant after being given her meal on the house.

Williams arrived at Ricardo Steak House Aug. 27 with a seven-person team to eat ahead of the beginning of the U.S. Open tournament in New York Aug. 29.

The owner was so excited to have the group there that he agreed to cover their bill, which would have amounted to an estimated $400, the New York Daily News reported.

“Not only did Williams not leave a tip, but she left without saying thank you!” one source told the Daily News.

The East Harlem restaurant is popular with sports stars and actors, who are sometimes given a free round of drinks, but rarely a full meal on the house.

“I can neither confirm or deny the incident,” a spokeswoman for the restaurant told the Daily News.

She also requested that the story not be reported by the news outlet.

Representatives for Williams did not respond to the Daily News’ request for comment.

Williams defeated Varnia King in the U.S. Open Sept. 1 to tie Martina Navratilova’s record of 306 wins at Tennis Grand Slam tournaments.

“I feel like I made a lot of errors,” Williams said of her performance, according to USA Today. “What really matters is I got the win. Hopefully, I’ll just get better.”

She is next scheduled to appear in the third round Sept. 3. If she wins the title, she will break the record of 22 Grand Slam championship victories she currently holds jointly with Steffi Graf.

Sources: New York Daily News, USA Today / Photo credit: Andy Hooper/Daily Mail

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