As a kid, the purchase of a tennis racquet was a luxury for me. It still is something I do not take for granted. I am saddened when I see pros smash their racquets. I am particularly distressed to see such a public display of violence. This abusive behavior seems to be gender neutral -- today it was Sloane Stephens at the Miami Open. Why should we respect players with such disrespect for the tools of their trade and their fans, including kids who admire them. Is the rationale that they get their racquets for free? Why should that matter? Is it a sense of entitlement? Why should anyone buy a racquet that is so easily broken? Why would a racquet manufacturer want a player to use their racquet brand if it is blamed for the player's failing? Is a record kept of such tantrum throwers -- perhaps season/career warnings for racquet abuse -- although chair umpires may not be a reliable guide. Maybe tennis tournaments/TV broadcasters can give tournament watchers warnings, like "RS" for a "Racquet Smasher." More importantly, who are the good citizens? That is, which players can best serve as role models for my daughters?