I started a clay court tournament on Friday and today was the "semifinals." I breezed through the first four rounds only dropping 3 games and I was playing the so-called number one girls player in the region.
I was up, 6-1, 4-0 and on serve. I hadn't dropped serve yet at all during the tournament, and during this service game I double faulted twice, netted a backhand and hit a forehand long to give her the easy break. After sailing the forehand I simply "bounced" my racquet. I didn't THROW it, it wasn't loud, and it didn't crack, I bounced it and then picked it up.
The "head tournament guy" walks over and tells me I'm disqualified for racquet abuse. No warning, no nothing. He said when we signed up for the tournament we agreed not to let, his quote, "the racquet hit the ground." They have zero tolerance for it, apparently.
So I was disqualified just like that. I couldn't just leave it at that, so while walking off I finished the job by actually cracking the racquet (on the bench) and then slid it on the ground in his direction. Shouted "You can keep it" and then left.
Daddy-o wasn't too happy.
So, my advice: Don't throw or bounce your racquet. I probably wouldn't have bounced it had I not been playing on clay. I hate tennis, I'm quitting.