Baghdatis throws more than a tantrum
Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis was fined US$800 for “abuse of racquets and equipment” on Thursday for a jaw-dropping tantrum when he smashed up four racquets during his defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka. In action todayUpdated: Jan 20, 2012 02:28 IST
Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis was fined US$800 for “abuse of racquets and equipment” on Thursday for a jaw-dropping tantrum when he smashed up four racquets during his defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka.
The Cypriot, trailing by two sets late on Wednesday, destroyed his first racquet by hammering it into the ground — before taking three more out of his bag and giving them the same treatment.As the stunned crowd looked on Baghdatis, beaten in the 2006 Australian Open final by Roger Federer, left the shattered racquets in a small pile near his chair, with two of them still in their plastic wrappers.
However, fellow players greeted the outburst calmly. Five-time Australian Open winner Serena Williams said that she used to be a racquet-breaker, but realised now that there were better ways to let out frustrations. “I sometimes break them in practice, just not in a match any more,” she said. “But it’s definitely not the best way to release your anger,” she added. “The older you get, you realise there’s more different ways.”
Men’s number one Novak Djokovic admitted racquet-pummelling can help relieve the pressure in a sport where players are alone on court and can receive no help from their coaches.
Aussie teen tennis hero Bernard Tomic missed the deadline to sign up for the mixed doubles where he was supposed to be playing with Jelena Jankovic but it slipped his mind. “Maybe I forgot to sign in. She'll kill me for that. She told me to sign in. I didn't sign in. Gee, I knew I forgot something the last few weeks,” said the 19-year-old.
First Published: Jan 19, 2012 23:20 IST