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Tennis 'scenes' that really caught your attention

Ray
03-29-2004, 05:54 AM
There are a lot "tennis scenes" that have happend which the atp players would rather forget. But I on the other hand am fascinated by these events :)
I haven't been in the tennis world really long and haven't really experienced much of these exiting moments where the players get those warnings and disqualifications.

So tell me about them :D
Feel free to post any " tennis actions" here
Preferably with video footage or articles (just post links of the event if you don't want to tell every detail)

Ray
03-29-2004, 06:03 AM
I think everyone knows the Hewit-Bake incident all too well..
So...
Let's start with the most recent....Schalken
I hear he's been disqualified for cursing or sth like that
Anyone got any articles to back this up?

Tennis Fool
03-29-2004, 06:04 AM
Here's a trivia question: What hall of famer twice called an umpire "an abortion", got no warning and went on to win the match :)

Tennis Fool
03-29-2004, 06:07 AM
Here's another one.

What superstar player crashed a Mercedes right at this tournament two years ago, went to the dealer, asked for a new ride, got rejected, told the dealer to "s.m.d" (use your imagination), and found out the dealer was our Mal's pregnant wife?

Action Jackson
03-29-2004, 06:11 AM
The answers to those questions are
1. Jimmy Connors
2. Marat Safin

joeb_uk
03-29-2004, 05:06 PM
GWH, your the book of knowledge :)

Chloe le Bopper
03-29-2004, 05:50 PM
GWH, your the book of knowledge :)

Even I knew those two ;)

This isn't quite the calibre of those incidents, but it was damn funny if oyu were sitting right there (even more amusing to come home and see what people who got the editted version of it had to say):

Lapentti vs Roddick in Toronto 2002. Roddick calls the trainer, I think, at 6-5 in the third, just before Nico is about to serve to stay in it. For cramping, I believe. Up until he was moving perfectly fine, so him calling the trainer was a bit of a surprise, but I wasn't skeptical of him... had no reason to be, really. It was a very good match, btw, and I wasn't really going for either player. Maybe a bit for Nico since he needed the win more, but either or would have been fine. Anyways, so Roddick comes back from the timeout moving all swell again, and Nico manages to take it to a third set tb. So Roddick serves up an ace on matchpoint, and they walk to the net. Nico stops and tells him that his serve was actually out, and that he really ought to start playing fair. Roddick starts to twitch (okay, not really, but you could tell he was pissy) and calls Nico a "poor sport" or something like that, and the two of them exchange words until the Officials come in to separate them.
They were escorted off court separately, where Nico later went off to the press about how Roddick "always does this" blah blah and how all the other players are onto him. I forget what Roddick said, but it wasn't bratty or I'd remember. Roddick was in such a tiff that he went off without signing for anybody.

I found them both equally repulsive and amusing that day. Oh, good times.

sigmagirl91
03-29-2004, 05:51 PM
Here's another one.

What superstar player crashed a Mercedes right at this tournament two years ago, went to the dealer, asked for a new ride, got rejected, told the dealer to "s.m.d" (use your imagination), and found out the dealer was our Mal's pregnant wife?


So, THAT would explain Mal's disdain of Marat....who knew?

tegan
03-29-2004, 05:52 PM
i have an AWFUL memory for details, but i can remember the basics of some of the 'bigger' player blow ups....

*Jeff Tarango - don't recall what tournament (Wimbledon?). he made a complete ass of himself.

*John McEnroe - "You can't be serious! You CAN NOT be serious!!" :lol:
and basically any Mac match where he started disputing line calls early on in the games.

*Hewitt/Blake (mentioned above). yeah - that was a messy one.

*the Williams/Spirlea 'accidental' bumping incident at the USO


*don't know the specifics - but check Connors, Nastase, McEnroe from the 'old days'

tangerine_dream
03-29-2004, 06:10 PM
Here's another one.

What superstar player crashed a Mercedes right at this tournament two years ago, went to the dealer, asked for a new ride, got rejected, told the dealer to "s.m.d" (use your imagination), and found out the dealer was our Mal's pregnant wife?

And you're a fan of this guy? ;)

TennisLurker
03-29-2004, 06:20 PM
Andre moonballing in hs match against Kucera us open 98!!

¿esquímaux?
03-29-2004, 06:54 PM
Here's another one.

What superstar player crashed a Mercedes right at this tournament two years ago, went to the dealer, asked for a new ride, got rejected, told the dealer to "s.m.d" (use your imagination), and found out the dealer was our Mal's pregnant wife?


Marat said that :eek: Man! I would've obliged his umm offer :drool:

sigmagirl91
03-30-2004, 12:34 AM
i have an AWFUL memory for details, but i can remember the basics of some of the 'bigger' player blow ups....

*Jeff Tarango - don't recall what tournament (Wimbledon?). he made a complete ass of himself.

*John McEnroe - "You can't be serious! You CAN NOT be serious!!" :lol:
and basically any Mac match where he started disputing line calls early on in the games.

*Hewitt/Blake (mentioned above). yeah - that was a messy one.

*the Williams/Spirlea 'accidental' bumping incident at the USO


*don't know the specifics - but check Connors, Nastase, McEnroe from the 'old days'

Jeff Tarango made a complete ass of himself at Wimbledon, accusing the umpire of favoritism. After Tarango walked off the court, his wife walked up to the umpire and slapped him.

John McEnroe's tirade at the 1987 US Open was a shocker for me. Mac went totally postal.

Action Jackson
03-30-2004, 12:38 AM
Well Sigma, Tarango did say shut up to a heckler and was ready to serve, then the umpire warned him as he was about to serve. It was a great slap by the wife and made for very humorous TV.

There are too many incidents to name, and will do so later.

mrserenawilliams
03-30-2004, 12:51 AM
Here's a trivia question: What hall of famer twice called an umpire "an abortion", got no warning and went on to win the match :)


JIMMY CONORS!!!!!

faboozadoo15
03-30-2004, 01:26 AM
i bet nastase has to have some kind of record for number of times flipping the bird in one match

and capriati probably has the most expletives ever exchanged with an umpire before getting a warning

how many times has tarango refused to shake hands with his opponent?

marat safin is an ass-- i can't believe so many people like him when stuff like that has happened...

Action Jackson
03-30-2004, 01:37 AM
It's not Jeff Tarango that refuses to shake hands with players, it's the other guy usually.

Ok, here are a few that haven't been mentioned that dickhead Brad Gilbert and David Wheaton in the 1990 Grand Slam Cup semi final in the third set tiebreaker. Gilbert intimidated a linesman and the umpire and got a correct out call changed so the score was 3-3 instead 4-2 to Wheaton.

They changed ends, stood shoulder to shoulder and butted heads and mouthed off. Unfortunately there wasn't a punch thrown, and Wheaton said he wished Gilbert had punched him.

Action Jackson
03-30-2004, 01:43 AM
Felix Mantilla and Thomas Muster were having a tough battle at 1998 Rome. At the change of ends Mantilla was eating a banana and then Muster got up took the banana out of Mantilla's hand and then threw it away.

This led to some heat in this match and it was one of Muster's many intimidation tactics that he used in his matches and this when Mantilla was on the way up. It was a very good match that Muster ended up winning, but when it came to the handshake Felix just looked at him and walked away.

KarstenBraasch#1
03-30-2004, 02:15 AM
It's not Jeff Tarango that refuses to shake hands with players, it's the other guy usually.

Ok, here are a few that haven't been mentioned that dickhead Brad Gilbert and David Wheaton in the 1990 Grand Slam Cup semi final in the third set tiebreaker. Gilbert intimidated a linesman and the umpire and got a correct out call changed so the score was 3-3 instead 4-2 to Wheaton.

They changed ends, stood shoulder to shoulder and butted heads and mouthed off. Unfortunately there wasn't a punch thrown, and Wheaton said he wished Gilbert had punched him.
I was going to mention that one. Although Brad's story about it is a bit different. ;) (in "Winning ugly")

Another incident: John McEnroe getting disqualified at AO 1990. They had just changed the rules, 3 warnings would lead to a DQ now instead of 4, but John didn't know it so he kept on bad-mouthing the umpire after his 2nd warning, thinking he would be safe. ;)

Action Jackson
03-30-2004, 02:19 AM
Well Gilbert was the cause of that incident, and also the shit with Muster that he had. I wonder if the had the balls to mention the match that Muster beat him at the USO, and continued on afterwards in the locker room.

KarstenBraasch#1
03-30-2004, 02:29 AM
Well Gilbert was the cause of that incident, and also the shit with Muster that he had. I wonder if the had the balls to mention the match that Muster beat him at the USO, and continued on afterwards in the locker room.
I don't think he mentions that match.

About the Wheaton-match, he says that Wheaton's brother had been shouting obscenities towards him the whole match, and that made him angry.
I don't recall the whole story, and I can't find the book right now. :o
But I tend to believe Brad just because I always disliked Wheaton and his stupid stars-and-stripes headband. :o

Action Jackson
03-30-2004, 02:39 AM
Gilbert was just such a cockhead when he was on court, that he would do anything and more to win a match, and yes it was that line call that triggered it off, did you see the match? Sure I hated the Stars/Stripes headband, but if Gilbert did that crap to me on the court, for sure I would have taken it up afterwards.

The Muster match, well Gilbert was trying to engage the crowd into baiting Muster, and he was at his usual bitching about linecalls and also he claimed that Muster's grunt was fake. Yes, Muster was a prick and Gilbert was even a bigger prick and after the match Muster decided to have some words after the match and it was broken up before it got heated, it still continued on after that when he was coaching Agassi.

Action Jackson
03-30-2004, 02:47 AM
One other one happened in the 1991 Australian Open between Alex Antonitsch and that cockhead Scott Davis. They were both wankers in their own way, but this one was funny.

As Antonitsch was serving Davis's doubles partner David Pate (wanker) was heckling him constantly when he was down at his end. Alex told him to shut up and he tried to hit Davis at the net a few times, then there were a lot of gestures between them during the match.

Davis won and at the end of match Alex said to him "Guys like you should be in Iraq", then Davis replies "At least we are man enough to be there" of course forgetting Austria is neutral. Alex retorts " Do you want to meet me after the match, and we can sort it out, then".

Tennis Fool
03-30-2004, 03:15 AM
Hey Wheaton was the man :yeah:

TennisLurker
03-30-2004, 03:26 AM
When Vilas and Clerc played doubles against McEnroe and his partner in the 1981 Davis cup, McEnroe was making fun all the time of Clerc, so Vilas told McEnroe during the match, if you dont stop bothering him, I will stomp my racquet on your face.
After that, Johny calmed down.

Action Jackson
03-30-2004, 03:32 AM
Imagine Vilas with that huge left arm laying a punch of McEnroe, it would be over very quickly.

Another one like that when the Aus Davis Cup John Fitzgerald was playing McEnroe, and Mac was up to his usual antics, Fitz said if you do that again I will belt you up. Surprise JMac shut up very quickly.

Domino
03-30-2004, 04:28 AM
A lot of players seemed to have the ability to shut McEnroe up by telling him off. But if I remember correctly, he never showed a temper tantrum against Borg for some reason.

Action Jackson
03-30-2004, 05:27 AM
The reason Mac never lost it with Borg was one he had some respect for him and two if he showed any emotion like that he knew that it would make Borg mentally stronger.

swellde
03-30-2004, 06:47 AM
GeorgeWHitler, do you have Mac's You Can't Be Serious, book? It sounds like you've read it. Besides Gilbert's book, are there any other tennis books you know of that you could recomend? I've been trying to find some but I'm not sure what is worthwhile.
Thanks

Action Jackson
03-30-2004, 07:06 AM
I couldn't recommend any of the books really, I enjoy reading Mac's, but I am not a big reader so I couldn't give you any recommendations.

swellde
03-30-2004, 07:11 AM
I'm not a big fan of Mac, but I couldn't put that book down. Hopefully we'll see more books of that kind in the future.

Kristen
03-30-2004, 07:56 AM
Schuettler vs Gaudio - Sydney 2003
Gaudio had a cry over a line call, held up the game for 5-10 minutes to get the official umpire, while Schuettler just sat there and waited. and waited. The first time I saw him play, and I definitely didn't appreciate it. Mind you, it also made me succombe to the Schuettler charm :) I hear some good things about Gaudio, but on the court, I think I just can't stand him. Like LH... or Justin Gimelstob (who seemed nice off court :))

lzhaol
03-30-2004, 04:21 PM
i know this belongs to WTA...

i remember Venus playing Jana at the Wimbledon (98??) n Jana's backhand slice was out but there was no call...after failing to justifiy the call, Venus shouted to the umpire :" i know its out...she knows its out...everybody kn0ws its out...ONLY U DUNNO ITS OUT!!!!" n went on crying during the changovers...She lost the match in the end...

anybody remmeber this??

Queen Rebecca
03-30-2004, 04:55 PM
Shut up about the WTA...this is an ATP forum..

rassklovn
03-31-2004, 12:03 PM
Well said Rebecca.

Here is one of the more unique things I have witnessed at a tournament. It was at the 2nd round of the French Open in a match between two very loveable guys Thomas Muster and Jeff Tarango.

When I saw this match I felt sorry for the chair umpire, the amount of gamesmanship between these two on the same court and it didn't disappoint. Tarango was actually playing quite well at the start, Muster was spitting and getting the ump to check the lines on close calls.

Muster won the tiebreak and then Tarango started to change tactics. The tactics were otherwise known as taking the piss out of Muster. He walked like him, he grunted as loudly and in the same vein, loud breathing while it was quite funny, Muster didn't see the funny side and the French crowd were on his side for once. Tarango won the second set 6-1, so the tactics were working.

Then Muster got very pissed off and killed him in the last 2 sets and was determined to hit him when he was at the net, even more than he used to normally. The crowd were giving it to Tarango and at the handshake there was a massive glare and Muster didn't put out his hand. Being there live I was booing because of Tarango's ham acting.

¿esquímaux?
03-31-2004, 01:36 PM
This Muster guy sounds like a real dick :rolleyes:

Socket
03-31-2004, 03:50 PM
Marat/Mrs. Mal Washington incident: Mrs. W is not a Mercedes dealer, she was working transportation at a tournament. The rest of the incident is correct.

Jimmy Connors and the "abortion" incident: This was during the 1991 US Open. Connors also told the umpire to "smile when you're f**king me." Nope, no warning.

More Jeff Tarango: At Washington, DC one year, Tarango asked the chair umpire to remove a ball girl from the court "because she's too fat to run fast." The entire stadium heard him call an 11-year-old girl fat. The tournament later got him to apologize to the ball girl and her parents.

Socket
03-31-2004, 03:52 PM
Two memorable spitting incidents:

Muster spits on Patrick Rafter's back during a changeover (I think during a French Open match, maybe Wimbledon).

Andre Agassi spits on a chair umpire's shoe to express his disdain for a reversed call.

Neither player got a code violation.

Chloe le Bopper
04-01-2004, 02:47 AM
Shut up about the WTA...this is an ATP forum..

*ahem*

This is not me.

But I am extremely amused none the less :D

Deboogle!.
04-01-2004, 02:52 AM
More Jeff Tarango: At Washington, DC one year, Tarango asked the chair umpire to remove a ball girl from the court "because she's too fat to run fast." The entire stadium heard him call an 11-year-old girl fat. The tournament later got him to apologize to the ball girl and her parents.

that is DISGUSTING

Billabong
04-01-2004, 02:57 AM
Marat/Mrs. Mal Washington incident: Mrs. W is not a Mercedes dealer, she was working transportation at a tournament. The rest of the incident is correct.

Jimmy Connors and the "abortion" incident: This was during the 1991 US Open. Connors also told the umpire to "smile when you're f**king me." Nope, no warning.

More Jeff Tarango: At Washington, DC one year, Tarango asked the chair umpire to remove a ball girl from the court "because she's too fat to run fast." The entire stadium heard him call an 11-year-old girl fat. The tournament later got him to apologize to the ball girl and her parents.

:eek:! OMG I can't believe it!!! How can someone do that!!!

Billabong
04-01-2004, 03:09 AM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tennis etiquette disappeared at the U.S. Open on Wednesday with an ugly post-match confrontation between American Justin Gimelstob and Michal Tabara of the Czech Republic.

Gimelstob twice took injury timeouts in the grueling five-setter, one for a jammed toe, another for a strained hamstring. After surviving with an emotional 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-2 victory, he pumped his fists at the crowd, excited over the victory.

Tabara, angered by the timeouts and Gimelstob's match-ending celebration, reacted by spitting as they came to the net to shake hands.

"I didn't see it or I would have been on the other side of the net," Gimelstob said of the spitting episode.

Slowly, the American's anger grew.

"He spit at me?" Gimselstob said, sounding astonished. "Pretty unprofessional. He'd better not be in the locker room when I get back. Unless he grows about another foot by the time I get back in the locker room, he's in trouble.

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

Gimelstob said the injury timeouts were legitimate.

"I did what I had to do," he said. "I was taking injury timeouts because I was injured. I wasn't trying to stretch the rules."

And as for his exuberance, Gimelstob said that was justified.

"Maybe the Czechs need to have a little more personality out there," he said. "I was excited. I've been through a lot. I was excited that I played a good fifth set, that I overcame the injuries and toughed it out. If he has a problem with that, if he thinks spitting at me is appropriate, I think we just grew up in a little different culture."

Tabara made no excuses, saying that he did spit at Gimelstob, even if the American was unaware of it.

"He take injury time because he cannot breathe and cannot move," Tabara said. "Every second changing, injury time. I never seen before. I think he wasn't fit."

So he chose to spit and then he added an expletive, in his native language.

"He can go to Hollywood and he can make some movie," Tabara said. "I don't know what to say so I just said in Czech language, 'You have to go to Hollywood.' Nothing else."

There was no answer from Gimelstob.

"He don't understand Czech," Tabara explained.

star
04-01-2004, 03:53 AM
That is one of my favorites!!!!!

And Tabara...... :kiss:

mattf
04-01-2004, 02:06 PM
Rusedskis last year against Roddick at wimbledon was classic, I bet BBC regret having a mic by umpires chair, not only did greg say word f**king repeatededly but also said "some asshole" in the crowd" and told umpire to "blow it out his ass"

Also the tarango fiasco at wimbledon few years back where tarango refused to carry on and threw balls everywhere and walked off court and later on in the day his wife slapped the umpire round the face lol

Experimentee
04-01-2004, 04:01 PM
I heard that after the Gimelstob press conference when he was made aware of the spitting, he actually went into the locker room and searched around the parking lot looking for Tabara, because he wanted to beat him up! :lol: