Marat Quotes on Smashing Racquets & Temper
"You can destroy one racket. You can destroy a chair. But you can't destroy a racket and a chair in the same match. There has to be a limit. One racket. One or two, maybe. Otherwise this is the tennis of a sick person. People don't want to see sick people like me on the court, throwing their rackets at chairs."
"Sorry, but I was No. 1 in the world. Who wants to tell me to change? I don't understand why everybody is trying to tell me that it is bad for me, I've been doing this since I was a kid. How can I change my character, it is me. I'm doing well -- even breaking 50 rackets. I mean, I was No. 1 in the world for two weeks, that means something."
"I will try to be a little bit more calm. If it would help my game, it would be great. Otherwise, I will have to start again and throw the racket or do something. The difficulty is that the fans complain if they don't see any action on the court, and then they see someone breaking a racket and chanting and they complain. Basically there is no middle ground. I think at the end of the day they like it."
"The Wimbledon crowd seem to like me so, hopefully, there will not be any need for me to lose my temper!"
"When you are losing, two sets to love down, and you trying just to put a return or just put it back, the ball, deep, and you cannot make it, what a conversation you can have with the racquet or with yourself? What conversation you can have? I give you the answer, but I don't think is the right one. But still...I was pissed. As you can see, I think so. I was very disappointed, so I need to do something because it was going for too much already. I could explode. But then it's bad for the public."
"Me, I'm not different, not completely nut case."
"I was going nuts, I had no more rackets and the chair umpire already told me that I should be careful. I had no more power to shout or throw the rackets, so I couldn't anymore."
"I have to push myself sometimes when I'm losing. I have to push myself. I have to break racquet, whatever, just throw the ball out of the court. At the end it helps me."
"I'm not like Stefan Edberg; I'm not a robot. I'm an individual who gets mad. If I break a racket, who does it really hurt?"
"It's good in this way, and it's bad because I'm showing too much that, you know, I'm too - how would say - I show too much on the court my emotion. I'm too emotional. So it doesn't help me. Of course, it helps me. It's just the way I am. I cannot change myself when I'm 22."
"It's the way I am. It's nice actually to hear a lot of people, they like watching me play. It's very nice. But just, you know, the tennis stars, you don't have to forget at the end of the day it's a beautiful sport. I don't know, it's a gentleman's sport, whatever you can say. But is entertainment for the people, for the spectators. And they don't have to forget this thing. We are just entertainment."
"I cannot play quiet, I have to let my feelings show. I try to say to myself don't worry but it doesn't usually work. I need to shout and throw the racquet because otherwise I get too nervous. But now I try not to go crazy too much."
"Sometimes breaking a racquet helps, You let out all the bad energy -- you have to let it out somehow. Also, I think a little drama in the final never hurts."
"It's not a question to break so many racquets, but sometimes you need this and I think the people, they understand this because we are human beings and we need to try to break it because it's only a racquet, it's nothing else. But I know it's not very nice on the court. It doesn't look very, I would say, very educated. You are just thinking about the racquet, then you need it. You can't live without it."
"No, I don't want to think about this, because when you start think, you go crazy."
"Not many good things I tell myself normally. So normally I talk when I miss the ball and when I'm making easy mistakes. But it's not a question of confidence. You try to explain to yourself that you are stupid, that you don't have to do like this next time. But I think it's not normally, the concentration you get from other point. But normally, when you talk to yourself, you say, "I love you, you're a good guy, but don't miss next time, okay." More or less like this. In other words, if you have confidence, it's much more easy to get upstairs and everything."
"You have to do something to keep people interested otherwise they will stop coming to watch tennis."
"Of course sometimes it's not the best way to act on the court. But I think, first of all, I was like this since I was -- since I start to play tennis. Second, because you need this. You're gonna play tennis, you're not a machine. My mind, sometimes I get scared. Sometimes I get -- I'm afraid on the court. I'm afraid with the ball. So I need to do something, you know, to be little bit more relaxed. I mean the people, there are a lot of people there in the stands, and I think they don't shout at me when I am breaking racquet. I didn't destroy racquet, they start to shouting and everything is bad, I don't like this crowd. But I just broke my racquet; that's it. It's not so dangerous. I didn't kill anybody. It's only racquet -- it's just a piece of graphite. That's it."
"If you're making a show on the court, you know, throwing the racquet, telling the chair umpire that he's a very nice guy, I mean, I'm trying -- Nobody's hurt, I didn't kill anybody, I didn't destroy any rackets, everything was perfect."
"occasionally angry outbursts belongs to me. After all I'm not a robot, from time to time I have to work off. And the ATP properly recognized, that interesting blokes are good for the circuit, so let us be, as we are. However I couldn't hardly change myself even with severely rules. Angry outbursts are part of my character. I have to let out of my body the negative energy. Otherwise it builds up and sometime I get ill."
"If you can pay all my fines, it's okay. I can broke many. You know how much I paid already this year? Close to probably was 250 in Australia, close to $7,000, or even 10. Guys, for $10,000, you know what I can do? You don't want to know what I can do with $10,000. You going to go out to Head to tell them, no? 35, 36."
"just...the problem is that you have to pay after you break the racket. (laughter) you have to pay a fine. no, no, they say thank you, you are doing well."
"But they (Head) knew since the beginning of my contract that I am this way, so what can I do? I cannot fight against myself. I think the people at head watch tennis and they watch TV. So they know how I treat the rackets. But it is OK. I don't think it's a major problem for them."
"The racquets were new. They are too new. I string them yesterday. I didn't want to -- I promise to myself that I will not do it today. Actually, I was quite nice on the court, no (smiling)."
"Today I break racquets, for tomorrow we die."