Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Blame, upset and match: When tennis players have a tantrum

Marcos Baghdatis
Marcos Baghdatis smashed four rackets during his defeat in the second round of the Australian Open.
Andy Roddick
At the 2010 US Open, Andy Roddick was unsatisfied with a lineswoman's explanation of a foot fault and kicked up quite a racket by going on a petulant rant, arguing at length with the official. It was not the first time that the former US Open champion has lost it on the tennis court. Earlier in the year at the Australian Open, he tripped over the foot of a line judge during his first round match and tumbled to the ground. He then stood and reproached the judge: "Move out of the way when you see a player coming." And he wasn't finished there. In his second round match he berated a chair umpire with a stream of expletives after he was angered over how a line-call was dealt with. He then stomped off without shaking the umpire's hand.
Anna Kournikova
It's fair to say Anna Kournikova's celebrity was not built on her tennis ability. Despite never reaching the heights of the game, her beauty saw her become a favourite among (mostly male) fans on the circuit. So when she lost in the first round of Wimbledon in 2002, the BBC thought it was not unreasonable to ask in a post match interview whether she should consider playing some lower-tier tournaments. But Kournikova took offence, saying "I just don't think you should phrase the question that way," she snapped. She then stood up, and asked that the taped segment start over. The BBC later aired the entire session.

Marcos Baghdatis shocked the Melbourne crowd at the Australian Open this week and in the process became a big hit on YouTube thanks to his furious display of rage.

In a spell of 30 seconds, the 26-year-old Cypriot smashed not one, not two, not three but four rackets. It appeared to temporarily turn around his fortunes before he succumbed to defeat over four sets against Stanislas Wawrinka on Margaret Court Arena.

Baghdatis is by no means the first tennis player to lose his cool - here, we take a look at some memorable tennis tantrums.


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