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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Sep 14, 2009 AT 20:55 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 14, 2009 21:30 IST


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Just a few days after recalling John McEnroe's famous tantrums, it was not so surprising really to come across Serena Williams' tirade against a line judge -- an outburst that cost her the match and, later, a $10,000 fine.

Williams apparently said she'd shove the tennis ball down the judge's throat, and later tried to reassure the match referee and other officials that she had actually never threatened the judge's life. Her critics say that while there are many past incidents, they are generally restricted to yelling out profanities or questioning the judges.

Perhaps it is time to recall some of the more famous tantrums. There is of course, John McEnroe:



And then there was the other bad boy, Jimmy Connors:

Why, even the great Borg lost it once - what a pity that they turned off the microphohes then:

 In recent times, of course, we have had Marat Safin getting angry:

And there was Mikhail Youzhny's absolutely bizarreself-flagellation:

 And, of course, Andy Roddick's always been around to provide some amusement:

And there is Maria "Are you fucking kidding me?" Sharapova:

Post Script:

Really should have looked for people who have made such lists. Here are two that Google threw up:

Kicking myself for missing out on some of the obvious ones that I should have remembered -- or at least looked up: Goran Ivanisevic, Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski particularly...

Anything in particular that you remember? I a sure the Amritrajs were too well-behaved to have ever lost it on court. Somehow am missing Becker on this list... Anything to do with Sania? Or has she also been well-behaved?

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Sep 14, 2009 AT 20:55 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 14, 2009 21:30 IST
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2/D-42
Sep 17, 2009
07:19 AM
When top tennis players have a smooth sailing against their opponents in the court, their behaviour would be very sportsmanlike and exemplary. But when the defeat stares at them, it is a different story. They let loose their tantrums. No Serena, no Roger are exceptions to this court afflictions. But if they come up with a story later that it was 'Passion' for the game that drove them to that kind of fits, it is a cock and bull story.
Samirajan
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Sep 15, 2009
12:13 PM
This is exactly the excuse a lot of Americans have been looking for to lynch Serena. A powerful Black woman who has dominated a predominantly White game for a decade is too much to swallow !! Maybe im generalizing but how do these White guys above get away with it, while there is talk of banning Serena from Tennis !!!
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