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What are the worst player antics of all time?

cmurray
09-25-2006, 06:55 PM
So, the thread about Connors calling a chair ump an abortion got me thinking. As much as ol' Rogi annoys me with what he says sometimes, he isn't even in the same GALAXY as some of those who came before. So I thought we should compile some of the more heinous offenses .

So I'm asking....what is the worst episode you remember?

For me, it was the time Andre Agassi spit on that chair umpire, I believe it was. And THEN he had the audacity to pretend like it was an accident and he handed him a towel.

DrJules
09-25-2006, 07:42 PM
So, the abortion thread got me thinking. As much as ol' Rogi annoys me with what he says sometimes, he isn't even in the same GALAXY as some of those who came before. So I thought we should compile some of the more heinous offenses .

So I'm asking....what is the worst episode you remember?

For me, it was the time Andre Agassi spit on that chair umpire, I believe it was. And THEN he had the audacity to pretend like it was an accident and he handed him a towel.

For those of us from the Nastase, Connors and McEnroe era, the current generation are very polite and innocent. Certainly McEnroe around 1979/19801981 at Wimbledon when he kept asking for the referee before he would continue playing after exploding about yet another line call and earning the name "Superbrat". :lol: :lol: :lol: Some of the comments to the umpire were quite extreme and the force of language would not be allowed now.

ljubicic_
09-25-2006, 09:02 PM
when Capdeville wanted to punch Ancic at RG

bluefork
09-25-2006, 09:09 PM
I think one time Nastase gave the finger to the umpire and later said he was just signaling that the ball was out. You know, two fingers means a let, one finger means out. :lol:

It's not that bad, but I thought it was kind of funny.

Nathaliia
09-25-2006, 09:11 PM
I think when Koellerer made JMDP cry with real tears it wasn't all that nice :shrug:

rexman
09-25-2006, 09:26 PM
I think when Koellerer made JMDP cry with real tears it wasn't all that nice :shrug:
What happened?

Nathaliia
09-25-2006, 09:31 PM
What happened?
It was in Buenos Aires challenger last year. I don't remember exactly what happened, I think he was imitating JMDP's cramps and laughing at him and the kid was seriously injured. He also made the ballboys cry by constant shouting at them.

Was fun when at the challenger in Brazil he was manually changing the score.

Or when in Katowice he went to play Sadik Kadir of Australia and was losing 15-40 in the first game (or smth like that) so he started to dig the whole court with his shoe and racquet, before the supervisor was called, the whole court was digged over and Dani sat on the bench and said they either do something with this court or he withdraws and goes home because he can't play in such conditions. He was #1 seeded and it took 2.5 h to prepare the court again/

scarecrows
09-25-2006, 09:37 PM
Or when in Katowice he went to play Sadik Kadir of Australia and was losing 15-40 in the first game (or smth like that) so he started to dig the whole court with his shoe and racquet, before the supervisor was called, the whole court was digged over and Dani sat on the bench and said they either do something with this court or he withdraws and goes home because he can't play in such conditions. He was #1 seeded and it took 2.5 h to prepare the court again/


:lol:

did he win that match in the end?

radics
09-25-2006, 09:41 PM
All I have to say is: Jeff Tarango. You might also ask Thomas Muster about this and he will definitly agree with me ;) Tarangos wife was also funny.

Nathaliia
09-25-2006, 09:43 PM
:lol:

did he win that match in the end?
Yes - he withdrew before the quaters.

cmurray
09-25-2006, 09:46 PM
All I have to say is: Jeff Tarango. You might also ask Thomas Muster about this and he will definitly agree with me ;) Tarangos wife was also funny.


OMG!!! I forgot about Jeff Turango! bwaahahahahahaha Can you site specifics - for the benefit of posterity of course. :angel:

R.Federer
09-25-2006, 09:54 PM
OMG!!! I forgot about Jeff Turango! bwaahahahahahaha Can you site specifics - for the benefit of posterity of course. :angel:
wife slapped the umpire (Bruno Rebueh if I'm not mistaken)
what an :angel: ...... :rolleyes:

El Legenda
09-25-2006, 09:55 PM
Nadal taking 24min between points.

Naranoc
09-25-2006, 10:02 PM
:lol:

Solid_Snake
09-25-2006, 10:10 PM
Toni injecting Nadal with steroids before the the french open finals

total disgrace to the sport!

Hendu
09-25-2006, 10:16 PM
From these days.

http://www.ole.clarin.com/diario/2005/11/25/fotos/f036dh01.jpg

Naranoc
09-25-2006, 10:23 PM
You know Seinfeld, yours was the first name I fomed a link with when I first joined, courtsey of Jogy who repped me and summed you up in a few sentences:

(After you slagged off another player...)

Seinfeld only look to make other players bad because Ljubicic can not win anything big since 10 years and has so much titles like other good players after one or two years :lol:

Jogy's words, not mine :D

Sheek
09-25-2006, 10:26 PM
Nadal taking 24min between points.

Agreed!

shotgun
09-25-2006, 10:27 PM
Koellerer spitting on his own hands before the handshake with Luzzi. And Luzzi punching him in the face afterwards.

Naranoc
09-25-2006, 10:27 PM
^ That actually happened... :eek: ?

federated
09-25-2006, 10:31 PM
people, the kieferian racquet toss at the AO has to be way up there.

scarecrows
09-25-2006, 10:41 PM
You know Seinfeld, yours was the first name I fomed a link with when I first joined, courtsey of Jogy who repped me and summed you up in a few sentences:

(After you slagged off another player...)

Originally Posted by Jogy
Seinfeld only look to make other players bad because Ljubicic can not win anything big since 10 years and has so much titles like other good players after one or two years


Jogy's words, not mine :D


if you start quoting jogy and using his words you're in big trouble

Naranoc
09-25-2006, 10:46 PM
How come? Will he go mad or something? :bolt:

scarecrows
09-25-2006, 10:52 PM
How come? Will he go mad or something? :bolt:


nope, but it'll show the others your intellectual incapacity :p

Naranoc
09-25-2006, 10:53 PM
Ah, damn... :D

cmurray
09-25-2006, 11:43 PM
people, the kieferian racquet toss at the AO has to be way up there.

I thought that happened at the US Open????? He threw the racquet and distracted his opponent (can't remember who it was???) and got away with it, that wart.

What about John McEnroe getting into fights with FANS????

The Undertaker
09-25-2006, 11:48 PM
Not sure if this belongs here, but when Ivanisevic had to retire because he broke all of his raquets...that was pretty funny :) :) :)

marti_228
09-25-2006, 11:53 PM
I thought that happened at the US Open????? He threw the racquet and distracted his opponent (can't remember who it was???) and got away with it, that wart.

What about John McEnroe getting into fights with FANS????


I think it was Grosjean.
Mc Enroe was so funny!
A few moths ago I saw how during a match in Roland Garros Noah started imitating McEnroe because he wanted to complain about a ball that the lineman had called out but it was actually in, he was right, and when the umpire went to check, he sit on the umpire's chair. By then the crowd was just laughing, and so did his opponent (Larsson or sth like that).

cmurray
09-25-2006, 11:57 PM
Not sure if this belongs here, but when Ivanisevic had to retire because he broke all of his raquets...that was pretty funny :) :) :)


Oh man. I forgot about that too. It reminds me of that movie Tin Cup where Kevin Costner breaks all his golf clubs and has to finish the last three holes with his pitching wedge. :D

OH! What about the famous Agassi "faggot in a submarine" comment? God, what a little prick he was. :lol: :lol:

Tennis Fool
09-25-2006, 11:59 PM
Someone here used to display a quote of McEnroe telling a fan to shut up and the fan getting sassy right back at him :lol: I can't remember who the poster was or the actual quote :o

I do know that JMac blames his parents for not reigning in his bad behavior early before it got out of control :ras:

radics
09-26-2006, 12:14 AM
OMG!!! I forgot about Jeff Turango! bwaahahahahahaha Can you site specifics - for the benefit of posterity of course. :angel:

I think it was 1995 (94?) in Wimbledon when the umpire made a decision against Tarango who was so pissed about it that he left the court. Hes wife came down to the umpire and slapped him twice in the face. :D

Tarango made the same again (left the court) against Thomas Muster once. I also remeber how he imitated Musters walk and grunts to make him pissed.

He even managed (with hes on-court antics) to make a nice guy like Pat Rafter waiting for him in the locker room for a fist fight :D

I'm sure there are many more stories about Tarango but that's what I can remeber at the moment... oh wait, once he showed the crowd hes ass when they booed him.

Btw. I heard Jeff is now Tenniscoatch (or at least was for some time)?

GlennMirnyi
09-26-2006, 12:15 AM
nope, but it'll show the others your intellectual incapacity :p

Quoting Jogy is like quoting a stone. Or worse.

GlennMirnyi
09-26-2006, 12:18 AM
Nadal taking 24min between points.

Right on.

Now I'm starting to realize why you lost in the ACC. You're not that much of an arseclown.

cmurray
09-26-2006, 12:20 AM
I think it was 1995 (94?) in Wimbledon when the umpire made a decision against Tarango who was so pissed about it that he left the court. Hes wife came down to the umpire and slapped him twice in the face. :D

Tarango made the same again (left the court) against Thomas Muster once. I also remeber how he imitated Musters walk and grunts to make him pissed.

He even managed (with hes on-court antics) to make a nice guy like Pat Rafter waiting for him in the locker room for a fist fight :D

I'm sure there are many more stories about Tarango but that's what I can remeber at the moment... oh wait, once he showed the crowd hes ass when they booed him.

Btw. I heard Jeff is now Tenniscoatch (or at least was for some time)?


That's rich. lol. How in the world did I miss this? And hey - if you can piss Rafter off enough to make him want to punch you, well, that's quite an accomplishment. :o

MMMillicent
09-26-2006, 12:39 AM
i most deff agree with BANANA Gate

and...a couple of years ago Xavier Malisse was playing at a charity event down in Delray Bch, FL...He flipped off my dad! Like wtf man! Eat a banana! :devil: I'm sure Sherapova can spare one! ;)

so yeah...he needs to get what hes been deserving. cuz...ATTITUDE!

Action Jackson
09-26-2006, 03:50 AM
Too many to name.

JW10S
09-26-2006, 04:37 AM
McEnroe was the master. Just when his opponent started playing well he would go into one of his drawn out arguments with the umpire over a call he knew was correct. After several minutes of arguing lo and behold Mac's opponent would get distracted and lose his momentum. Mac won a lot of matches using that ploy.

Action Jackson
09-26-2006, 04:43 AM
Best thing about Mac, there were a few players who threatened him if he want on with it and he shut up.

Karel Novacek punching Derrick Rostagno in the chest at the handshake at Roland Garros.

sammy2
09-26-2006, 06:46 AM
The worst has got to be McEnroe at the Aussie open viz

LEAD: Like a couple of his forehand shots, John McEnroe went over the line during the Australian Open in Melbourne last week. After repeated displays of his well-known ill temper and foul mouth in a tough match against Mikael Pernfors, McEnroe was booted off the court, becoming the first player in 27 years to be disqualified from a Grand Slam event.

January 28, 1990 Week in Review News

sammy2
09-26-2006, 06:49 AM
More on above:

SPORTS OF THE TIMES; Johnny Mac, Darryl and Chemistry
By IRA BERKOW
LEAD: John McEnroe says that if he had known the rules, he would have controlled his temper, not have thrown his racquet, not have tried to intimidate a lines official, not have screamed at the chair umpire, not have issued a string of vile language at the head supervisor (the supervisor's quote), not have thrown his opponent off his game with his abusive deportment and nearly drilled him in the back with an angry whack of a ball, not have shouted to a mother in the stands to feed her squalling infant.

January 24, 1990 Sports News

faboozadoo15
09-26-2006, 06:58 AM
So, the abortion thread got me thinking. As much as ol' Rogi annoys me with what he says sometimes, he isn't even in the same GALAXY as some of those who came before.
seriously, what the fuck are you talking about?

RonE
09-26-2006, 10:47 AM
Agassi spitting on Wayne McKewan during his U.S. Open match against Korda in the 1990 U.S. Open and then realizing what he had done quickly grabbed a towel and wiped it off denying he spat AT McKewan.

The Jeff Tarango incident in Wimbledon 1995 against Alexander Mronz. I think it started with him receiving a warning for racquet abuse or swearing (can't really remember which it was) and then the situation escalated and Jeff was arguing with the umpire. Then following the arguments the umpire (Bruno Rebeuh) gave him a point penalty at which point Jeff shouted "no way! That's it!" slammed the balls he was holding into the ground and Rebeuh disqualified him. Later Tarrango's wife walked up to Rebeuh and slapped him in the face and then Tarrango called Rebeuh "the most corrupt official in tennis".

Kiefer throwing his racquet at Grosjean at this year's Australian Open deserves a mention.

Although I did not see it the Hewitt-Coria Davis Cup match from last year I heard was quite a spectacle to behold.

Pfloyd
09-26-2006, 11:51 AM
BY FAR THE WORST PLAYER ANTIC OF ALL TIME WAS WHEN FEDERER SAID SH*T AGAINST TURSUNOV WHEN HE MISFIRED HIS BACKHAND, AND THEN FEDERER LAUGHED. That was awful...

:lol:

Nathaliia
09-26-2006, 11:53 AM
Chela spitting on Hewitt would count too :yeah:

Nathaliia
09-26-2006, 12:00 PM
Ah and how on Earth could I forget the one and the only Irakli Labadze who beat with fists the bronze badge Polish umpire at Wrocław challenger... before the security entered the court, the umpire was done :haha:

Of course Irakli got disqualified :sobbing:

Truc
09-26-2006, 12:04 PM
Kiefer throwing his racquet at Grosjean at this year's Australian Open deserves a mention.

Although I did not see it the Hewitt-Coria Davis Cup match from last year I heard was quite a spectacle to behold.Kiefer didn't throw his racket at Grosjean!

As for Coria-Hewitt, it was very entertaining, but by far not the worst antics of all time. Coria's crotch grabbing was quite discreet, actually, it sounds worse than it was. (It was just hilarious when he had to explain to the chair umpire why he did it.)
For the rest, Coria aimed at Hewitt at the net, Hewitt made fun of Coria (a bit like Bogomolov Jr. this year against Gonzalez)... Nothing that we've never seen before.
The press conference was uglier than the match imo.

Action Jackson
09-26-2006, 12:07 PM
Although I did not see it the Hewitt-Coria Davis Cup match from last year I heard was quite a spectacle to behold.

It was hilarious and the crowd were into the antics for sure, it was good entertainment. As they say in the classics, better being there live.

adee-gee
09-26-2006, 12:10 PM
Ah and how on Earth could I forget the one and the only Irakli Labadze who beat with fists the bronze badge Polish umpire at Wrocław challenger... before the security entered the court, the umpire was done :haha:

Of course Irakli got disqualified :sobbing:
:haha: Irakli :worship:

Action Jackson
09-26-2006, 12:20 PM
Not the worst, but one of the sillier ones.

This incident happened at the 1991 Aus Open between Scott Davis and Alex Antonitsch. At the handshake the two players had a few unkind words over an incident where Davis's doubles partner David Pate was constantly heckling Antonitsch as he was about to serve.

Antonitsch to Davis : Guys like you should be in Iraq.
Davis to Antonitsch: At least we are man enough to be there.
Antonitsch to Davis: Lets meet after the match and sort this out properly.

bluefork
09-26-2006, 12:48 PM
BY FAR THE WORST PLAYER ANTIC OF ALL TIME WAS WHEN FEDERER SAID SH*T AGAINST TURSUNOV WHEN HE MISFIRED HIS BACKHAND, AND THEN FEDERER LAUGHED. That was awful...

:lol:

Wait...what was that about? Or are you just trolling?

Kristen
09-26-2006, 01:20 PM
It was hilarious and the crowd were into the antics for sure, it was good entertainment. As they say in the classics, better being there live.Indeed it was fantastic. There was something for everyone:yeah: Unless you are a Hewitt AND Coria fan...it could be awkward.

vamos.

Pfloyd
09-26-2006, 01:25 PM
Wait...what was that about? Or are you just trolling?

No, It was against Tursunov, and I think it was in Indian Wells. Federer had been playing at a mediocre level, but managed to win the match.

He got angry at one point of the match, and when he mis-fired a backhand the word "shit" slipped his lips. He then smiled, and won the match.

I was being sarcastic about it being the worst antic I've ever seen of course.

From what I can remember, the worst antic I've seen was when, Alex Bogomolov Jr. mocked all the chilean fans + Fernando Gonzalez in the Australian Open earlier this year. I was pissed when Fernando lost that match, but suprised he even shook Bogomolov's hand when the match was over.

Castafiore
09-26-2006, 01:28 PM
Unless you are a Hewitt AND Coria fan...it could be awkward.
I'm a Hewitt AND a Coria fan and I'm still disappointed that I couldn't watch that match. I'm even contemplating buying it on DVD (if it's available somewhere) but that seems just a touch silly.

Kristen
09-26-2006, 02:24 PM
I'm a Hewitt AND a Coria fan and I'm still disappointed that I couldn't watch that match. I'm even contemplating buying it on DVD (if it's available somewhere) but that seems just a touch silly.:hug: I have had spur of the moment trips to tennis tournaments. At least you have put some thought into this :yeah:. Maybe there's something on ebay or somewhere. You'd think someone would have it, with all the drama that was going on... :)

I♥PsY@Mus!c
09-26-2006, 03:06 PM
I can stand players spitting,yelling and acting very angry, :rocker2: but I really hate players take time-out esp during game and then JUMP LIKE A RABBIT. :o This rule should be changed.

tennisgal_001
09-26-2006, 03:42 PM
More on above:

SPORTS OF THE TIMES; Johnny Mac, Darryl and Chemistry
By IRA BERKOW
LEAD: John McEnroe says that if he had known the rules, he would have controlled his temper, not have thrown his racquet, not have tried to intimidate a lines official, not have screamed at the chair umpire, not have issued a string of vile language at the head supervisor (the supervisor's quote), not have thrown his opponent off his game with his abusive deportment and nearly drilled him in the back with an angry whack of a ball, not have shouted to a mother in the stands to feed her squalling infant.

January 24, 1990 Sports News

He did NOT!!! :eek:

radics
09-26-2006, 04:15 PM
I can stand players spitting,yelling and acting very angry, :rocker2: but I really hate players take time-out esp during game and then JUMP LIKE A RABBIT. :o This rule should be changed.

Yeah, you're so right. A little bit cheating... why should anyone care? :shrug:

cmurray
09-26-2006, 05:30 PM
Wasn't there an incident involving Coria making fun of another player's injuries? I think it was last year's US Open. I can't remember who he was playing though. Wasn't he walking around gripping his thighs and rolling his eyes?

Tone
09-26-2006, 05:30 PM
http://rapidshare.de/files/34535926/tennisplayerflips.wmv.html (2050 KB)

xavier malisse defaulted


"Malisse was defaulted in a match versus David Ferrer "for serious verbal abuse of a line umpire." Malisse claimed that the lineswoman misunderstood him when he was saying "whole ball." He was still however fined $6000 and suspended for four weeks following that tournament"

more info http://www.xaviermalissesite.be/nasint05.html

cmurray
09-26-2006, 05:38 PM
http://rapidshare.de/files/34535926/tennisplayerflips.wmv.html (2050 KB)

xavier malisse defaulted


OMG. WTF??? Why did Malisse go off like that?

lordmanji
09-26-2006, 05:52 PM
No, It was against Tursunov, and I think it was in Indian Wells. Federer had been playing at a mediocre level, but managed to win the match.

He got angry at one point of the match, and when he mis-fired a backhand the word "shit" slipped his lips. He then smiled, and won the match.

I was being sarcastic about it being the worst antic I've ever seen of course.

From what I can remember, the worst antic I've seen was when, Alex Bogomolov Jr. mocked all the chilean fans + Fernando Gonzalez in the Australian Open earlier this year. I was pissed when Fernando lost that match, but suprised he even shook Bogomolov's hand when the match was over.

it indeed was very funny. everybody knew it was a total slip of the tongue for federer and totally out of character including himself. he just laughed it off as did the rest of us. usually fed would curse in another language but i guess bein in the us has started to expand his english vocab too :)

federer is courteous 99.9 percent of the time and a perfect gentlemen. unlike mcenroe, old agassi and even the new agassi (smashed racket at a tourney this year), his outbursts are rarely vulgar and overboard.

here's a list of some of the "unsportsmanly conduct" feds done:
- he's yelled at uncle toni "is that good enough, toni?!" for thinking he was coaching rafa
- stared down nalby at the yec because he thought he was affecting the umpire by complaining repeatedly about line calls
- called djokovich a joke because of djokes well known injury antics
- told usopen crowd they better enjoy having so many americans in the semis because it doesnt happen often to boos (it was actually a compliment)
- and of course telling the press and crowd the opponent played great but that he's playing fantastic tennis after winning a grand slam :D

can't think of anymore.

tennisgal_001
09-26-2006, 06:12 PM
OMG. WTF??? Why did Malisse go off like that?

Can you give a brief description of the video. It won't download for me. What did he say? or what does it seem like he said?

tennisgal_001
09-26-2006, 06:15 PM
it indeed was very funny. everybody knew it was a total slip of the tongue for federer and totally out of character including himself. he just laughed it off as did the rest of us. usually fed would curse in another language but i guess bein in the us has started to expand his english vocab too :)

federer is courteous 99.9 percent of the time and a perfect gentlemen. unlike mcenroe, old agassi and even the new agassi (smashed racket at a tourney this year), his outbursts are rarely vulgar and overboard.

here's a list of some of the "unsportsmanly conduct" feds done:
- he's yelled at uncle toni "is that good enough, toni?!" for thinking he was coaching rafa
- stared down nalby at the yec because he thought he was affecting the umpire by complaining repeatedly about line calls
- called djokovich a joke because of djokes well known injury antics
- told usopen crowd they better enjoy having so many americans in the semis because it doesnt happen often to boos (it was actually a compliment)
- and of course telling the press and crowd the opponent played great but that he's playing fantastic tennis after winning a grand slam :D

can't think of anymore.

I demand that be taken off the list. :p Would you rather have him say, "my opponent played like crap, n' I was alright, so I ended up lifting the damn trophy for the millionth time in my not-so-stellar career". I don't think he blows it out of proportion when he wins, esp. at Slam finals. He tells it like it is, which is just fine, since the entire world can see what really happened.

cmurray
09-26-2006, 06:20 PM
Can you give a brief description of the video. It won't download for me. What did he say? or what does it seem like he said?

I can't tell who he's playing, but the match stops for some reason and Malisse falls on the court. Then he walks over to his chair slams his raquet, tosses it away and screams like a 5 year old "I didn't say ANYTHING!". MY guess is that he was DQd for something and he flipped out.

tennisgal_001
09-26-2006, 06:23 PM
I can't tell who he's playing, but the match stops for some reason and Malisse falls on the court. Then he walks over to his chair slams his raquet, tosses it away and screams like a 5 year old "I didn't say ANYTHING!". MY guess is that he was DQd for something and he flipped out.

Thanks. Come to think about it, I don't think I've ever seen Malisse flip out, or do something outrageous on the court.

Black Adam
09-26-2006, 08:26 PM
Roddick sqying" too big" ;) :lol:

Tursunov firing a ball at the umpire Wimbledon 2006 vs Nieminem:lol:

RonE
09-26-2006, 09:06 PM
Speaking of Coria- IIRC after the 2003 Hamburg semis between Coria and Gaudio they had a few words after the match in the locker room although I can't remember what incident(s) took place during the match.

Also the following year in Hamburg when Coria played Horna- again I don't remember the specifics but Horna said something to the effect of "I am not Gaudio, I WILL hit you".

Maybe GWH can enlighten us? :p

sammy2
09-26-2006, 10:04 PM
He did NOT!!! :eek:

That quote was from the New York Times' Ira Berkow - if you want to dispute it talk to him.

Howard
09-26-2006, 10:12 PM
Hope this hasn’t been mentioned…

US Open 1979; McEnroe vs Nastase; and McEnroe was the well-behaved one.

Nastase knew he didn’t have a prayer in a straight up match, so he tried to do to Mac what Mac used to do to his opponents. He argued constantly, cursed, threw his racket, stalled, etc. Finally, umpire Frank Hammond, after repeated warnings, defaulted Nastase in the fourth set. Of course, the New York crowd went berserk, and began throwing garbage on the court.

Fearing a riot, tournament referee Bill Talbert reinstated Nastase along with a new umpire. McEnroe went on to win the match and the tournament, but it was great theater,

Tennis Fool
09-27-2006, 12:19 AM
Hope this hasn’t been mentioned…

US Open 1979; McEnroe vs Nastase; and McEnroe was the well-behaved one.

Nastase knew he didn’t have a prayer in a straight up match, so he tried to do to Mac what Mac used to do to his opponents. He argued constantly, cursed, threw his racket, stalled, etc. Finally, umpire Frank Hammond, after repeated warnings, defaulted Nastase in the fourth set. Of course, the New York crowd went berserk, and began throwing garbage on the court.

Fearing a riot, tournament referee Bill Talbert reinstated Nastase along with a new umpire. McEnroe went on to win the match and the tournament, but it was great theater,

This is the kind of tennis many Americans and American media miss.

binkygirl
09-27-2006, 08:01 AM
All I have to say is: Jeff Tarango. You might also ask Thomas Muster about this and he will definitly agree with me ;) Tarangos wife was also funny.

Definitely. I wish the camera had caught his wife slapping Bruno after the match.
Tarango was a terror. He was playing a challenger match against Ronald Agenor at the end of his career and got really pissy over a close call and started making racial comments.

binkygirl
09-27-2006, 08:07 AM
Ah and how on Earth could I forget the one and the only Irakli Labadze who beat with fists the bronze badge Polish umpire at Wrocław challenger... before the security entered the court, the umpire was done :haha:

Of course Irakli got disqualified :sobbing:

Were you there for that? Must've been hysterically funny to watch.

I thought Jimmy Connors behaved horribly in his match against Patrick McEnroe at the '91 US Open. He incited the crowd and acted very dramatic with the ump.

Action Jackson
09-27-2006, 08:08 AM
Speaking of Coria- IIRC after the 2003 Hamburg semis between Coria and Gaudio they had a few words after the match in the locker room although I can't remember what incident(s) took place during the match.

Also the following year in Hamburg when Coria played Horna- again I don't remember the specifics but Horna said something to the effect of "I am not Gaudio, I WILL hit you".

Maybe GWH can enlighten us? :p

Coria took a time out for cramps at the end of the 2nd set which Gaudio won and then started running quicker before and Gaudio wasn't mentally tough enough to handle the situation. Coria allegedly said "you have no heart" whiile beating his chest and then at the handshake Gaudio said something to him and then it continued back there.

The Lucho and Coria one, well they were playing and nothing seemed to be any different going on. There were some calls that landed on the line and Coria conceded the point a few times and then Coria served a double fault and a big one. Then Horna walked to the other side and Coria said why didn't you call in and Lucho siad it was way out and they started having words. Then Lucho made that comment "Shut it, I am not Gaudio, I will hit you" and they got on with the game.

binkygirl
09-27-2006, 08:13 AM
http://rapidshare.de/files/34535926/tennisplayerflips.wmv.html (2050 KB)

xavier malisse defaulted


"Malisse was defaulted in a match versus David Ferrer "for serious verbal abuse of a line umpire." Malisse claimed that the lineswoman misunderstood him when he was saying "whole ball." He was still however fined $6000 and suspended for four weeks following that tournament"

more info http://www.xaviermalissesite.be/nasint05.html


Good. He's totally obnoxious and a bit of a nutter.

Castafiore
09-27-2006, 08:28 AM
Malisse went overboard...as he tends to do :rolleyes: :cuckoo: ...but you've got to see that clip in its context to try and understand his tantrum (which is not an excuse to go so nuts of course but it's easier to understand why he went over-the-top because for once, I can understand his anger even if I don't agree with how he dealt with this).

That happened at the Miami Masters 2005 (Nasdaq). Pretty important event, right?
Malisse had won the 1st set and the fight for the 2nd set was going strong.

I pasted this from another forum (from TW - it's a recurring theme there). It's easier to do a search there and copy it here than to watch that video thing again and type out what happened:
In that 3-3 game, the lineswoman called foot fault on Malisee 2 points in a row. Then, on the 3rd point Ferrer hit his shot clearly long, yet the lineswoman said nothing and thought it was good. Malisee threw his racquet and said to the umpire "are you F'n kidding me!?!? You mean to tell me she can see 2 foot faults, (then he turns to face the woman) yet you miss one that's a whole ball out!"

A few seconds later some kind of tournament official hops the fence and came running to the court and defaulted Malisee. Apparently the official thought Malisee said something else, and Malisee kept saying no and that all he said was "whole ball out"

Now, Malisse's reputation as a loose canon hurt him in this case but the umpire figured that he was insulting the lineswoman (for calling her a "whore" perhaps?) whereas Malisse said "whole" ball out.

For that, they defaulted him. Ferrer reached the semi-final of the event and Xavier felt that he was robbed over a misunderstanding.

Action Jackson
09-27-2006, 08:32 AM
ITarango made the same again (left the court) against Thomas Muster once. I also remeber how he imitated Musters walk and grunts to make him pissed.

I saw that, it was funny and he did the walk very well. It was one of the few times Muster was a crowd favourite outside of Austria.

It worked for a set and then Muster thumped him in the last 2 sets.

Socket
09-27-2006, 08:10 PM
Another Tarango story from about 1992 or 1993, at the Washington, DC tournament. Tarango demands that a ball girl be removed from the crew because as he delicately put it to the chair umpire, "she's too fat." Chair refuses. Crowd hisses and boos Tarango as humiliated ball girl cries.

Geniey2g
09-27-2006, 10:23 PM
Malisse went overboard...as he tends to do :rolleyes: :cuckoo: ...but you've got to see that clip in its context to try and understand his tantrum (which is not an excuse to go so nuts of course but it's easier to understand why he went over-the-top because for once, I can understand his anger even if I don't agree with how he dealt with this).

That happened at the Miami Masters 2005 (Nasdaq). Pretty important event, right?
Malisse had won the 1st set and the fight for the 2nd set was going strong.

I pasted this from another forum (from TW - it's a recurring theme there). It's easier to do a search there and copy it here than to watch that video thing again and type out what happened:


Now, Malisse's reputation as a loose canon hurt him in this case but the umpire figured that he was insulting the lineswoman (for calling her a "whore" perhaps?) whereas Malisse said "whole" ball out.

For that, they defaulted him. Ferrer reached the semi-final of the event and Xavier felt that he was robbed over a misunderstanding.
LMFAO! How could I forget this classic? I've got it saved on my harddrive :D

Nathaliia
09-27-2006, 10:34 PM
The other ones I've seen and come to my mind:

1) Coria breaking chair umpire's (Pascal Maria) chair (really badly) with his racquet in Sopot during the semi against Mayer

2) Fredrik Sletting Johnsen from Norway demolishing women's toilet during Wrocław futures quallie

3) same player with Antoine Tassart (sp?) from France calling names several times each other in Zabrze futures quallie and when they were about to start the punch fight (featuring other members of French team) the supervisor saw it and interrupted

4) Radosław Nijaki from Poland during his match against Philipp Piyamongkol in Wrocław futures quallie when he started to lose: "You fucking German, go the fuck outta here! I hate you! (and towards the crowd) I hate you morons too - why don't you shut up for a moment???" Or something like that... I think it was even something worse :haha:

LaTenista
09-27-2006, 11:25 PM
I don't believe these have been mentioned:

1) Zabaleta punching Soderling in the stomach during a changeover. GWH is the one who told me about it.

2) Roddick hiding in the restroom for 10 minutes during his Hewitt match at AO.

3) Cincy 2004 Henman climbed up the umpire's chair after he got a bad call that wasn't overturned in a match against Hewitt.

Action Jackson
09-27-2006, 11:31 PM
I don't believe these have been mentioned:

1) Zabaleta punching Soderling in the stomach during a changeover. GWH is the one who told me about it.

2) Roddick hiding in the restroom for 10 minutes during his Hewitt match at AO.

3) Cincy 2004 Henman climbed up the umpire's chair after he got a bad call that wasn't overturned in a match against Hewitt.

Zab didn't punch the Toad sadly, it almost happened.

Mardy Fish and Julien Varlet nearly came to blows in Memphis.

Gimelstob and Tabara at the US Open. Czech Michal Tabara, who admitted he spit at American Justin Gimelstob approaching the net to shake hands after their match. Gimelstob, who won in five sets, annoyed Tabara with his demonstrative manner and injury timeouts.

"I told him he can go to Hollywood and make some movies," Tabara said. "I just said in the Czech language."

Gimelstob's response?

"Nothing," Tabara said, "because he don't understand Czech."

Gimelstob said he didn't see Tabara spit, probably because he was looking in another direction as he celebrated.

"I guarantee you the next time I see him, I'll take it up with him," Gimelstob said.

Nathaliia
09-27-2006, 11:35 PM
Tabara-like :haha: It must have been him... I've heard him cursing a lot at linesmen :lol:


1) And as for Zabaleta... he showed the middle finger during his match with Mayer in Sopot 2005... once directed to Mayer, second time directed to the umpire (got warning for that second one). ... It was Gerry Armstrong for 90%

2) Gabashvili shouting nazi dirty things to Polish people during Poznań 2005 match against Kubot :scared:

cmurray
09-28-2006, 01:50 AM
Another Tarango story from about 1992 or 1993, at the Washington, DC tournament. Tarango demands that a ball girl be removed from the crew because as he delicately put it to the chair umpire, "she's too fat." Chair refuses. Crowd hisses and boos Tarango as humiliated ball girl cries.

:eek: :eek:

OMG, that's HORRIBLE. It's one thing to insult your opponent. But picking on a ball girl is just vile.

I'm surprised nobody mentioned Dima trying to yank Norm Crist out of his chair. :devil:

Socket
09-28-2006, 02:40 AM
:eek: :eek:

OMG, that's HORRIBLE. It's one thing to insult your opponent. But picking on a ball girl is just vile.

I'm surprised nobody mentioned Dima trying to yank Norm Crist out of his chair. :devil:
Well, picking on some 11-year-old girl is right up Tarango's alley. The tournament director did make him apologize to the girl and her parents.

Nathaliia
09-28-2006, 04:31 PM
Eww, I think we have one more. Bulgaria - Cyprus DC teams members fistfight this year! Does anyone know why they started to fight?

guy in sf
09-29-2006, 04:54 AM
The Americans own this category: McEnroe, Connors (I HATE THIS GUY!), Agassi, Tarango, Roddick was also quite a brat on the court but now that's he's now winning as much, he's toned it down.

guy in sf
09-29-2006, 04:55 AM
Kiefer and Hewitt also come to mind.

tangerine_dream
06-05-2009, 08:53 PM
Gonzo :lol:

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GlennMirnyi
06-05-2009, 08:57 PM
Another Tarango story from about 1992 or 1993, at the Washington, DC tournament. Tarango demands that a ball girl be removed from the crew because as he delicately put it to the chair umpire, "she's too fat." Chair refuses. Crowd hisses and boos Tarango as humiliated ball girl cries.

:haha:

Tarango! :worship:

finishingmove
06-05-2009, 08:58 PM
gonzo saves the biggest antics for the biggest matches

Sunset of Age
06-05-2009, 08:59 PM
Gonzo :lol:

C1KsomzBsik

That was pretty BAD, indeed. :(

FedFan_2007
06-05-2009, 08:59 PM
Gonzo, oh Gonzo.... :retard:

Nidhogg
06-05-2009, 09:02 PM
Gonzo :lol:

"My ass."

ballbasher101
06-05-2009, 09:03 PM
When Roddick went mental down under, I think it was against Kohlschreiber. I was so embarassed by his behaviour as if I was the one responsible.

Action Jackson
06-05-2009, 09:06 PM
:haha:

Tarango! :worship:

At around 1.30, the tennis stuff comes into it.

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JolánGagó
06-05-2009, 10:06 PM
classic stuff :whoresheep:

bluefork
06-06-2009, 12:12 AM
Gonzo :lol:

C1KsomzBsik

He looks like my dog when he has an itch on his rear that he can reach. :tape:

out_here_grindin
06-06-2009, 12:37 AM
Tarango, what a legend

cmurray
06-06-2009, 01:11 AM
I don't remember starting this thread. :scratch:

:lol:

out_here_grindin
06-06-2009, 01:45 AM
My coach told me about a guy in a challenger when he played, who called a let when an airplane went overhead. the umpire said no, so the guy threw his raquet at the airplane.

I don't know any names though.

GlennMirnyi
06-06-2009, 02:16 AM
My coach told me about a guy in a challenger when he played, who called a let when an airplane went overhead. the umpire said no, so the guy threw his raquet at the airplane.

I don't know any names though.

That's actually pretty stupid, eh?

MisterQ
06-06-2009, 03:10 AM
At around 1.30, the tennis stuff comes into it.

zQdwBCcC13I

That Tarango footage is classic. :lol:

Action Jackson
06-06-2009, 10:32 AM
I just wish I had the press conference when Tarango's wife at the time came in and slapped Bruno Rebeuh.

ballbasher101
06-06-2009, 10:57 AM
Tarango has got balls of steel :devil:

Venle
06-06-2009, 12:23 PM
Gonzo :lol:

C1KsomzBsik

:haha:

Oh dear Fena. A mark on his butt was there for the rest of the match.

Venle
06-06-2009, 12:25 PM
My coach told me about a guy in a challenger when he played, who called a let when an airplane went overhead. the umpire said no, so the guy threw his raquet at the airplane.

I don't know any names though.

:lol: Great excuse. :)

andylovesaustin
06-06-2009, 12:29 PM
By his own admission in the post-match presser, Gonzo was just having some fun! LOL

From what I've seen, I think Connors, McEnroe, and Nastase(??) were probably the most berating and serious.

I remember seeing this one clip of Nastase(??). I vaguely recall this player had some sort of injury.. I don't really remember the context. Anyway, Nastase just would not let up on the guy. I mean, the player was on the ground IN PAIN, and Nastase stood over him--yelling at him. I think it was Nastase??

I'm not sure.. but it was some professional player yelling at another injured professional player. LOL

MacTheKnife
06-06-2009, 12:39 PM
You CANNOT BE SERIOUS !!!

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Next thread..

sammy01
06-06-2009, 12:46 PM
anything stepanek does.

i cant say gonzalez did himself any favours yesterday rubbing the mrk out with his ass.

also toweling after EVERY point is testing my nerves now, just get on with it already.

Sarni89
06-06-2009, 12:48 PM
I love McEnroe! Even in his worst moments he was pure comedy and entertainment.
Wish we had a McEnroe now in 2009.

MacTheKnife
06-06-2009, 12:49 PM
I love McEnroe! Even in his worst moments he was pure comedy and entertainment.
Wish we had a McEnroe now in 2009.

You and me both... entertainment at it's finest..

andylovesaustin
06-06-2009, 12:53 PM
You CANNOT BE SERIOUS !!!

YxAPKtOe0fQ-tags

rkq6ZsYqd5o-tags

Next thread..


I wonder about some of this.. like the incident I was talking about and Johnny Mac and Conners.

Sometimes I wonder if they were coked-up? Some of the clips I've seen... I just can't believe ANYBODY would lose it to that degree...

MacTheKnife
06-06-2009, 12:56 PM
I wonder about some of this.. like the incident I was talking about and Johnny Mac and Conners.

Sometimes I wonder if they were coked-up? Some of the clips I've seen... I just can't believe ANYBODY would lose it to that degree...

Honestly, in the beginning I think they were, but as time went by and the guys started to get a feel for how the crowd responded, yea, I think some were played up. I know they are now, even Mac will tell you that when he plays now, people expect as least one outburst, and a few thrown rackets. But in the early days, yea, he was that hot headed..

andylovesaustin
06-06-2009, 12:59 PM
Honestly, in the beginning I think they were, but as time went by and the guys started to get a feel for how the crowd responded, yea, I think some were played up. I know they are now, even Mac will tell you that when he plays now, people expect as least one outburst, and a few thrown rackets. But in the early days, yea, he was that hot headed..

Do you know the episode I'm talking about with Nastase?

I'm pretty sure it was him. I think I saw it on this ESPN thing.

It was really the most horrible thing IN TENNIS I've ever seen.

I was like :eek:

I think this player even literally "kicked" the other injured guy when he was down.

P.S. I tried looking for it under "Nastase" and couldn't find it. Maybe it wasn't even Nastase, but it was somebody! LOL

MacTheKnife
06-06-2009, 01:06 PM
Do you know the episode I'm talking about with Nastase?

I'm pretty sure it was him. I think I saw it on this ESPN thing.

It was really the most horrible thing IN TENNIS I've ever seen.

I was like :eek:

I think this player even literally "kicked" the other injured guy when he was down.

No, I don't remember that one in particular, there were many involving "nasty", he was the initial "bad boy" in tennis. But I do not remember that one. Just YouTube Nastase, there are tons of entertaining ones, you may find the one you remember..

cmurray
06-06-2009, 01:10 PM
tennis is so comparatively tame now compared to what it used to be. :lol:

Remember Connors rubbing out the mark before the chair umpire could check it and then WINNING the point? :rolls:

MacTheKnife
06-06-2009, 01:14 PM
tennis is so comparatively tame now compared to what it used to be. :lol:

Remember Connors rubbing out the mark before the chair umpire could check it and then WINNING the point? :rolls:

Nastase used to do that, then make another mark with his racquet.. :cool:

cmurray
06-06-2009, 06:54 PM
Nastase used to do that, then make another mark with his racquet.. :cool:

Nasty :rocker2:

Burrow
06-06-2009, 07:40 PM
I think that was hilarious with Gonzalez and even funnier when he cheered and clapped for the guy when he made the right call next time, it was his face, he looked genuinely happy for the guy and excited that he made the right call.

out_here_grindin
06-07-2009, 06:37 PM
rewatching the Wimby final from last year, Nadal took as many as 40 seconds from the time he went to the line in the tie-break.

(obviously it dosen't compare to yelling at umpires)