But I created this thread for Davide Sanguinetti
This year I saw a lot of tennis:
- Rotterdam, five days
- Scheveningen, two days
- Amersfoort, one day
- Rosmalen, five days
- Wimbledon, one day
- Luxembourg, one day
- Hasselt, two days
And then the last tournament this year for me, Groningen, provides me with the most interesting match of the year by far
: Igor Kunitsyn RUS - Davide Sanguinetti ITA (5). I wanted to watch Davide, cause I had never seen him in real life and well, I wasn't disappointed!
I found that he played very solid, but not very well or very motivated. And his movement was a bit off. Kunitsyn had a very awkward, somewhat scared expression on his face, but he always has that
He played good attacking tennis from the baseline. He has got some potential, but he needs to make fewer mistakes. He is quite a cool player too, in both meanings of the word.
Davide was quite fired up. Let me first say that the umpires, linesmen and ballboys are all of pathetic quality here in Groningen. The umpire has to tell the ballboys all the time to change positions, roll the balls to the other side. Once, Azzaro even started waving at one of the ball kids (who were too young, IMO; usually they use older children), because it took forever to get a ball (but that was a diff. match, obviously). Some linesmen didn't change position either when they were supposed to
So the umpire had to say something again. And the chair umpires themselves didn't make too many good overrules and were biased when it comes to handing out code violations.
Combine this with Davide's lack of form and his lousy play in the match and his personality, you have fireworks. He was constantly arguing with the chair umpire about calls that were wrong or at least to his disadvantage. In 90% of the cases he was right too. But he never got his share. There was one particular lineswoman that was frequently bothering him. When she walked away, he pretended hitting her with the racquet. It was quite funny for me to see, but it was also a bit scary
He threw his racquet around a LOT. I think there are clear marks on the court. I am also surprised it didn't break
And he hit the balls everywhere. But this is not what he got a code violation for. In his arguments with the chair umpire, he said these things:
"What the fuck are you doing here?"
"You should look at the line, not me"
"It's like Back to the Futures here"
I think he also said something along the lines of "What do you there? Jerking off or something?" But I cannot be 100% sure, though I would bet money on him using the words 'jerking off'.
Still, he had a match point, but he didn't take advantage of it. He lost 6-3 3-6 6-7 in a very exciting and entertaining match (like I said, the most entertaining and interesting match of the year for me). After the match, he refused to shake the umpire's hand, threw the towel in his direction and kept raging on and making gestures like 'fuck off, you shouldn't be here'. He also did this to the particular lineswoman. And he complained very loudly, kicking stuff to supervisor Carl Baldwin (I think that's the name). And when he entered the players' lockerrooms, he hit it very loudly too.
I always thought he was a funny, kind, grey man.. How wrong could I have been
Although it was extremely funny to me, I overheard some ballboys talking that they really were scared for their lives with him tossing his racquet around in every direction
Imagine.. He only got ONE code violation (unsportmanship combat or something)