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Ever thrown a tantrum on court?

Bernard Black
03-31-2008, 09:27 AM
Exactly what the title says really, ever lost your rag in a match? Are you a cool Federer or a firey McEnroe?

Really came to my attention yesterday, I'm more of a McEnroe. It was a doubles match, and we made a really bad start so I was already fired up by my bad play and the fact we'd been on the receiving end of a couple of bad net cords. To rub salt in the wound our opponents were discussing strategy for a good 30 seconds after every point!

After I'd been waiting for what seemed like an age for the guy to serve (he was 40-0 up), I shouted "Is there a problem, or can we just get on with this?!". Of course, I shanked the return, threw my racquet and kicked the chair at the changeover. They continued their time-wasting regardless. Needless to say, we weren't going to make a spectacular comeback in this match and I just couldn't get my head together. I know how pros must feel when facing Nadal / Djokovic and their time-wasting antics! But I know it's only a game and should be played for fun, so I'm going to try to keep a lid on it in future if I can!

Anyone else had a temper tantrum in a match? Let's hear your stories!

StevoTG
03-31-2008, 04:04 PM
Never a tantrum but I've thrown my racket into the net on a few occasions and shouted at myself quite loudly a couple of times. I hate to tell you this but I sometimes take a while between serves :lol:, it's got nothing to do with the opponent though.

When I play darts however.... there have been some tantrums (and a cracked computer screen in rage :o) but none recently, not since early 2007 I'd say.

jazar
03-31-2008, 07:50 PM
one of my ex-doubles partners used to get really annoyed and swear all the time. one time he even launched a tirade of expletives on the very first point of a match after missing an easy volley. and when he started playing badly and getting annoyed it rubbed off on me and i started playing badly and getting annoyed and we would just egg each other on like that. and whenever we did that we lost the set. then we implented a no swearing policy, and when he did that we were unbeatable

GlennMirnyi
04-01-2008, 01:11 AM
Complain and shout at myself all the time.

Bernard Black
04-01-2008, 08:21 AM
Complain and shout at myself all the time.

I tend to be exhausted after a long match, not really physically but mentally because I've been giving myself such a hard time.

Just thinking what it must be like for the pros. Probably a million times worse since they're playing for their livelihood with serious bucks and prestige at stake.

sheeter
04-06-2008, 04:42 PM
I never shout at my opponents, but I do have a tendency to swear at myself and give myself a hard time. I also toss my racket in the air and catch it before it hits the ground. And sadly, if I just messed up big time, I'll take a long time between points to cool down. I feel sorry for my opponents afterwards, but I need the respite.

Topspin Sports
04-07-2008, 02:02 AM
Today....


My partner slammed his racquet on the ground after an aweful volley.


As It popped up 5 feet in the air, I caught it!

FootWork
04-07-2008, 07:18 PM
Today....


My partner slammed his racquet on the ground after an aweful volley.


As It popped up 5 feet in the air, I caught it!

awesome.

i try not to show emotion when i play. i've had a lot of people tell me that it's unnerving to play against someone who doesn't speak at all, and keeps their face clear the entire game, it also helps my focus. anger, frustration, all that shit, does not belong on the tennis court.

Topspin Sports
04-08-2008, 12:20 AM
Agreed, this is my theory...

No emotion is better than good/bad emotion

Although, I ONLY express good emotion at the right times. All other times I am completely clear of everything. Not surprised to win points and not upset to lose them!

Bernard Black
04-08-2008, 12:27 AM
Agreed, this is my theory...

No emotion is better than good/bad emotion

Although, I ONLY express good emotion at the right times. All other times I am completely clear of everything. Not surprised to win points and not upset to lose them!


Good call. There is a definite correlation between me playing it cool on court and playing well. I can string together winners showing no emotion, whereas if I get too pumped up over winning a point I'll invariably feel a come down and miss a few easy shots.

I can't actually remember a time where I've gotten angry and actually played better as a result of it. I tend to try to over-hit the serve and the opponent quickly reads I'm going to be hitting all flat hard serves trying to find the ace.

groundstroke
04-13-2008, 02:08 AM
No but I have almost thrown my racquet a few times.

Knightmace
05-04-2008, 04:19 AM
Keep my cool now.

Use to hit my racqet a few times.

ThizServe
05-04-2008, 06:41 PM
i swear at my self when i mess up a hit and occasionally throw my racquet at the net. but for some reason i laugh and smile when the game is deuce.

sheeter
05-05-2008, 02:47 PM
Just recently i lost my temper after losing a two hour + match and hit myself so hard with my racket i almost bled on my knee.

Angle Queen
05-10-2008, 05:16 AM
Cool cuke on the court although the occasional curse word escapes the lips (always to/at myself and with my back to my opponent). But you should hear me in the car on the way home....:lol:

W!MBLEDON
05-11-2008, 12:24 AM
actually i was down 2-6 2-5 and throughout that game i was in some grueling rallies... i was having some respiratory difficulties and was trying to cool off between points.. i'd just hit a letcord winner after about 20 shots to bring it to 30-30 on my serve, and i had only taken a little longer than usual and my opponent told me to hurry up and stop wasting time. i didn't react, but instead i thought that would be a good opportunity to capitalise on his frustration, and after hitting a second serve ace on that point he completely lost it. :lol:

final score was 2-6, 7-6, [10-7]

Tulipe
05-11-2008, 03:29 PM
Sometimes I swear in Serbian. I do it for myself, it helps me, but these are not words that would suit a girl like me. Really, you wouldn't bet I'd ever say it if you saw me :haha: The people are usually pretty shocked when they hear me and my coach asked me to stop it several times, but I couldn't. And I've hit my racquet, but just twice. I'm always too afraid of breaking it.

El Legenda
05-12-2008, 07:05 PM
i curse all the time, but in Croatian :lol: so people dont know what i am saying :rolls: also i have a collection of 6 broke racquets :lol:

gaz
05-16-2008, 08:43 AM
i also swear in different languages turkish italian being wo of them only on a certain match i got a an italian line judge so n ot successful

and you call 6 rackets a collection i stopped collecting after my first 10 - pleasures of being sponsored

babolatboy
07-03-2008, 11:41 AM
In the state semi-finals last year I was playing a pusher, in high winds, so not only was I mad that I was losing to someone who was incapable of a complete forehand I was angry that the state had chosen a wind tunnel for the state tournament. So eventually partially into the second set I took to screaming after every point I lost, like a loud enraged snarl. Or the cries in the movies right before a warrior kills somebody. Didn't work: I lost. I also when losing tend to yell "Get off my court" when I hit a winner

fast_clay
07-04-2008, 12:04 AM
the damage to oneself lay,
in the inability to respect good play,
and see past self torment,
to enjoy the battle another day...



i was a habitual racquet breaker as a kid...

my younger brother and i would use a trampoline for a net in a chip n volley game, with the garden hose marked out as lines... my racquet ended up on the roof the first time he beat me 6/4... little **** ****...

i got to my mid twenties and realised that tennis wasnt about perfection... and found that the closest thing to pefection in tennis... ... ... was the acceptance of imperfection...

i soon left tibet and began to spread the word...

i still shave my head...

Snoo Foo
07-04-2008, 01:00 AM
I threw up on court once.

Also once I made a mistake and I was going to scream "SHIT" but I didn't want to cuss so I tried to think of something else and before I know it I yelled at the top of my lungs, "SOUP!"

Snoo Foo
07-04-2008, 01:00 AM
...oh and then I couldn't stop laughing for like 20 minutes.

Kolya
07-05-2008, 01:48 AM
I'm the Iceman.

Tulipe
07-05-2008, 09:17 AM
I threw up on court once.

Also once I made a mistake and I was going to scream "SHIT" but I didn't want to cuss so I tried to think of something else and before I know it I yelled at the top of my lungs, "SOUP!"

You'd probably win if I was your opponent, because I'd die of laughter :haha:

Angle Queen
07-05-2008, 06:13 PM
Also once I made a mistake and I was going to scream "SHIT" but I didn't want to cuss so I tried to think of something else and before I know it I yelled at the top of my lungs, "SOUP!"I have a female teammate...who instead of MF....yells....Fudge Bucket...at the top of her lungs. I laugh :lol:

America gets blessed a lot in my matches (rather than GD).

CBjeebs
07-11-2008, 02:15 PM
i have never really gotten too mad, but once i was ballkidding for a smaller tournament around me (which had some good people like blake davydenko and davenport) but anyways. i was ballkidding for this foreign guy, who was decent, and after a certain point he lost, he just turns around to me, and im like two feet away, and he just smashes his raquet on his knee, it was hilarious.

navy75
07-31-2008, 08:39 PM
In the state semi-finals last year I was playing a pusher, in high winds, so not only was I mad that I was losing to someone who was incapable of a complete forehand I was angry that the state had chosen a wind tunnel for the state tournament. So eventually partially into the second set I took to screaming after every point I lost, like a loud enraged snarl. Or the cries in the movies right before a warrior kills somebody. Didn't work: I lost. I also when losing tend to yell "Get off my court" when I hit a winner


Classy all around. This is why the American youth have little hope in my opinion. Rather than working on their own game, they generally find an excuse to do anything but. Yelling about the wind (it was equal for both of you), screaming after every lost point, and trying to taunt your opponent are generally sure fire signs that you aren't going far. Grow up or find a new hobby my man, as you have no hope (other than embarrassing yourself) as it stands...

admiralpye
08-01-2008, 12:17 PM
I tend to be exhausted after a long match, not really physically but mentally because I've been giving myself such a hard time.

Just thinking what it must be like for the pros. Probably a million times worse since they're playing for their livelihood with serious bucks and prestige at stake.

they just need ten pints of lager.

Bernard Black
08-01-2008, 02:19 PM
they just need ten pints of lager.

Damn straight, works every time ;)

babolatboy
08-04-2008, 05:09 PM
Classy all around. This is why the American youth have little hope in my opinion. Rather than working on their own game, they generally find an excuse to do anything but. Yelling about the wind (it was equal for both of you), screaming after every lost point, and trying to taunt your opponent are generally sure fire signs that you aren't going far. Grow up or find a new hobby my man, as you have no hope (other than embarrassing yourself) as it stands...

Touche, Not even kidding I feel rather down about myself. Thanks a lot. You did however make some conclusions that weren't true. I was upset about wind conditions, but did not yell about it, I was yelling at my inability to overcome something (since clearly my opponoent was), and as for taunting my opponent, trust me I know the downside to that (bad calls etc) I only yell such things if my opponent is being a particularly large douchebag. And as a point of clarification I do not get mad when losing to someone legitimatley, like when they are outplaying me, when I outplay myself however is when I get enraged. Hope I bolstered at least a little of your belief in American youth?

tennistim
08-22-2008, 09:08 AM
Not many people know this, but even Borg used to have major tantrums. I heard that one time his coached punched him in the locker room and he never complained again....

Tantrums are fun to watch - there should be a tv show of them.

10K Futures Qualifier
10-01-2008, 02:33 AM
I was playing a junior tournament in Dallas. It was the second round and I won the first set 6-0. In the second set I drank way to much between sets so I lost the 1st game. Then after a few close line calls from my opponet. I asked him "are you sure" which led to "Are you kidding me" which led to "Now way, let me see a ball mark." This was the worst conduct I have ever had on court, and to this day I still fell so bad. Also one time I there a rwacket and broke it into abut 1000000000000 pieces.

dRaGGin loW
10-01-2008, 12:37 PM
When I played my first match against my friend I cussed a few times when I made reeeaaallllyyyy bad serves or kept hitting the ball out of bounds. Ever since then I wised up and told myself its pointless to do that. I put my anger into my serve and volley's now. Yesterday I was doin bad. Took a deep breath and put the anger in the serve and got out 4 ace's in a row.


Never broken a racket though since I'm broke and cant afford a new one yet lol

out_here_grindin
10-02-2008, 01:16 AM
I never throw my raquet but I do wack balls against the fence and such.

fabmol
10-05-2008, 03:14 PM
most high level tennis players throw tantrums at some point but i have met a few who are so cool, its amazing....

i myself am quiet guy but have thrown some wobblers !!

Venle
10-09-2008, 11:31 AM
I'm trying to avoid the tantrums :angel:
Usually I'm more like the happy Baghdatis, than the angry Safin ;)

StevoTG
10-09-2008, 12:06 PM
I have noticed recently that I've stopped berating myself and throwing my racket into the net, but have replaced these with hitting the occasional ball into the fence and hitting myself with the racket :unsure:.

10K Futures Qualifier
10-09-2008, 10:51 PM
I have noticed recently that I've stopped berating myself and throwing my racket into the net, but have replaced these with hitting the occasional ball into the fence and hitting myself with the racket :unsure:.

Is this Mikael Youzhny?

StevoTG
10-10-2008, 12:26 PM
Is this Mikael Youzhny?
:lol:
No, I have (accidentally) hit myself with the frame of the racket twice, i didn't bleed but it does hurt! I usually hit myself on the (right) leg, rarely on the head.

Bernard Black
10-10-2008, 01:39 PM
I played against someone who kept raking his knuckles across his strings in frustration whenever he missed a shot. Had to shake hands left handed after the match as his right hand was covered in blood :lol:

dRaGGin loW
10-10-2008, 01:50 PM
Ow.... Thats ridiculous why would u wanna do that?! Punishing urself for missinG? lol

prince yang
10-17-2008, 11:48 PM
I say FREAK! alot when I mess up and then smile and laugh at myself after I say it. Other than that when I get really frustrated I become silent and just feel like giving up (which I do). I finish the game but I give no effort. I'm working on it though.

McAlistar
10-18-2008, 08:58 AM
Loads, especially when i was younger. Got in a fair bit of trouble with breaking rackets with my suppliers, ie parents hah

ghostkid12
04-30-2009, 01:26 AM
oh hell no if i did my parents would FLIP!!

Bernard Black
04-30-2009, 11:15 AM
Damn, I've hardly thrown a single tantrum since I started this thread. Just playing for the love of the game now...taking all the pressure off...win or lose, just having fun and playing much better for it :)