December 12, 2013 by Parveer Mann
Originally published on Back Row Sports
All December long, the blog will take a look back at the highlights, lowlights and moments that defined the 2013 Tennis season.
When you think tennis outbursts, McEnroe’s “You cannot be serious” and Connors “I’m 39” tirades are rightly part of tennis lore. However, modern tennis is a bit kinder and gentler than its 70’s and 80’s counterpart but that doesn’t mean you don’t get those rare outbursts from an especially frustrated player. Here are some of the best tirades and temper tantrums to happen on court and off this year.
Jerzy Janowicz (Australian Open, 2nd round): The rising Polish star lands on this list not because he went toe to toe with an umpire but because he did so against a set of painted lines. It all happened in his second round match against Somdev Devvarman when Janowicz became increasingly frustrated at shots that seemingly always were clipping the lines.
His impassioned plea to the lines was instantly memorable and quotable. The question remains how many times will you be tempted to watch this Jerzy Janowicz tirade?
Fabio Fognini (Cincinnati Masters, 1st round): This silent tantrum in Cincinnati was both horrible sportsmanship and epitomized Fabio Fognini in a nutshell. The moody but talented Italian got so dismayed after consecutive double faults that he smashes a ball into the scoreboard. From there it’s all downhill as he is called for a ball abuse violation and then simply gives up by intentionally foot faulting to give the match to his opponent without having him hit a ball.
Sergiy Stakhovsky (French Open, 1st round) Technology has transformed the way we communicate and seemingly changed the way tennis players can protest a bad call. After not liking a call in his match against Richard Gasquet, Stakhovsky casually walked to his bag and pulled out his phone to take a picture of the ball spot on the red clay. Just to be clear, this is something you obviously can’t do during a match. He later tweeted out the picture and maybe unknowingly started the next-generation of player protest.
Sara Errani (Rogers Cup Toronto, 3rd round): This reaction seems the most uncharacteristic when you realize it is coming from the normally quiet and diminutive Sara Errani. However on this occasion in Toronto, she became irked when her French opponent, Alize Cornet started to use the famous Spanish celebratory phrase ‘Vamos’ after winning a point. This troubles Errani to no end as she impatiently reminds Cornet that she is French and should be using ‘Allez’ after points.
Whatever the geography and language lesson, Errani was at her worst in this tirade.
Bonus: Aleksandra Wozniak (Twitter): Think you have a tough time handling roster cuts on your favourite time. How about being Canadian tennis player, Aleksandra Wozniack after finding out boyfriend and prospect, Louis Leblanc had been cut by the Montreal Canadiens in mid-September. She naturally took to Twitter and expressed her disgust at the decision.
“A real joke with the worst excuse for cutting someone,” she wrote in a separate French tweet. “Really not a “fair shot”! Too much manipulation!” – thelondoner.ca
She later removed the tweets but not before agitating some in the French media.