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It’s been a week of outbursts in the world of Australian tennis and Bernard Tomic has shown us that players don’t have to be in the middle of a heated match to lash out.
Tomic has recently been axed from the Davis Cup quarter-finals after he made some fiery comments against Tennis Australia last Friday.
This turn of events comes only days after fellow Aussie tennis start, Nick Kyrgios faced criticism for belittle-ling a chair umpire during a match on Wednesday.
“But what did he say? Is that a threat? Is that a threat?,” Kyrgios asked the umpire.
“Does it feel good to be in the chair up there? Does it feel strong to be up there?” he said.
But of course the pair aren’t the only players to make a public outburst like that.
Take a look at some of tennis’ finest meltdowns.
1. Andy Roddick, 2008 Australian Open
The American tennis great grew angry with an umpire during a game against German Philipp Kohlschreibe, claiming he didn’t play a shot because of an ‘out’ call he made. Roddick went on a angry rant calling the umpire an idiot. “I’m going to speak very slowly so that you can understand me” he yelled. “Do you have to be like a 2nd grade dropout to be an umpire? Did you go to school until you were eight years old? I think you quit school before you were 10.”
2. Andy Murray, 2009 ATP World Tour Finals
“The ball was out!” British tennis star Andy Murray was infuriated with a linesman during a game against Russian Nikolay Davydenko. But as it turns out Murray was so angry he didn’t even hear the linesman later agree with him that the shot was out. Take a look at his opponents gob-smacked reaction.
3. Serena Williams, 2009 US Open
One shot away from match point in a game against Kim Clijsters, Serena William’s frustration with an official who foot-faulted her became overwhelming. Williams marched over to the official and said, “I swear to God I’m going to take this ball and shove it down your fucking throat, you hear that? I swear to God.” The result? Williams defaulted the match.
4. Mikhail Youzhny, 2008 Miami Masters
Unlike other players in this list, this Russian tennis player wasn’t angry with anyone but himself. After several misshits, Youzhny took revenge out against himself by hitting his graphite racket against his head. Blood dripped over his forehead and onto the court, a doctor had to be called in to patch him up.
5. John McEnroe, 1981 Wimbledon Championships
Tennis tantrum hall of famer, McEnroe’s famous phrase “You cannot be serious!” was coined during a match against fellow American Tom Gullikson after he disagreed with the umpire over a call. McEnroe continued to repeat the phrase in later matches throughout his career and it even inspired the title of his autobiography.