Anyway is this sort of behaviour really going to upset the tennis authorities? To me it's considerably preferable to screaming abuse and threats at umpires and line judges, and the tantrums of Messrs McEnroe and Connors many years ago, whilst mildly amusing in their own way, left a great deal to be desired.
Hi Aileen and all,
I agree. The thing is, I think people have become terribly romantic about the past. I can remember John McEnroe when he was playing, at least late in his career. I remember a lot of debate and discussion about whether or not he was a bad influence, whether or not he was a good representation of the sport. Nowadays he's mellowed a bit, and the past is looked upon as if it was all funny, all a bit of a laugh, and that John himself just had 'character'.
Personally I'd rather a racquet get smashed than a player stands and rants at the umpire for ages. At least with smashing a racquet all that pent up frustration is out there and gone. The key is whether or not the player then gets a grip of himself and moves on. In general I think Andy now gets a grip quicker when he does lose his rag. In any case, at the moment I'm glad if he shows frustration if he feels he isn't playing as he wants. It shows that the USO win isn't enough, that he still wants to be better, to be competitive.
The trouble now, compared to the past, is that there is technology on the courts. In the past, say in McEnroe's day, frustration could be vented at a dodgy call, because it was all done by the human eye. Now, thanks to hawkeye, all that is pretty much gone in effect. So players have lost a means of getting rid of frustration. It's understandable that the racquet ends up taking the brunt of it sometimes.
I have to say, as long as Andy is doing well I don't really care how many racquets he smashes. Sure, he doesn't quite have Djokovic's technique with it, but I can live with that lol. That said, Baghdatis topped the lot at the AO. I don't think I've ever seen anyone smash racquets like that!