Professionals Known for NOT Breaking Racquets

OhYes

Legend
This is why i cannot relate when they say Djokovic came from a war ravaged nation fighting for survival yet breaking rackets every tournament.

You do once in a while to vent out it is ok . But some players do it in inconsequential matches and that seems ridiculous.
:rolleyes:
It would be really odd that anyone here can relate to you relating at anything Djokovic does.
 

BorgCash

Legend
Interesting that before, when i sterted watching and playing tennis (second half of the 70's - beginning of the 80's), there wasn't that topic question. It was probably Mac who broke racquets, don't remember about Jimbo. That's all. Who knows more about it?
 
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Deleted member 763024

Guest
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?
You've got a point, but I also think you're blowing it out of proportion.

Just because a racquet purchase for you as a kid was an expensive one, does not mean a professional who has to use this tool at their job everyday needs to look at it the same...

Whatever you do for a living, I'm sure you've had days where you acted out of frustration with some piece of equipment. Sure it'd be nice if players were more aware that they're being watched, but sometimes we are all just trying to do our job and everyone has bad days at the office.
 
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Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
A universal system where the tournament stage is tied to the fine when you break a racquet will considerably reduce the carnage.

A minimum fine of 1000 USD a pop is adequate for all tour events from ATP250 and above, with a fine of $50 000 USD for a broken racquet in a Major final.

Let them break as much as they want.

:cool:
 

AtTheNet

New User
I have to say that I don't really like seeing pros smash their racquets, with the exception of Zverev. Watching him blow up is kind of entertaining.

As a young player in high school (40+ years ago), I had to buy my racquet with money I had earned. No way would I mistreat my Wilson T2000! (if it was good enough for By-God Jimmy Connors, it was good enough for me!)

Now, with frames priced at $200 and up, I still have the same mindset. And aside from the cost involved, it is a bad display of loss of self-control on court.
 

clout

Hall of Fame
I've never seen Rafa or Edberg throw their racquet before. I wasn't alive to watch him, but Borg doesn't seem like someone who would do that either, and I don't recall Pete doing it either.

Now I know he was a hothead earlier in his career, but since 2003, I can only recall Federer smashing his racket once.

For women, Venus, Sharapova and Henin all had really good discipline when it came to not abusing your racket when things don't go your way

Like many said above, I cringe hard too when players destroy their rackets cuz a lot of my personal rackets were either bought for me as a gift from family, friends and relatives, or I bought it with my own money, so I can't ever imagine ruining it because I hit a few poor shots
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
I have to say that I don't really like seeing pros smash their racquets, with the exception of Zverev. Watching him blow up is kind of entertaining.

As a young player in high school (40+ years ago), I had to buy my racquet with money I had earned. No way would I mistreat my Wilson T2000! (if it was good enough for By-God Jimmy Connors, it was good enough for me!)

Now, with frames priced at $200 and up, I still have the same mindset. And aside from the cost involved, it is a bad display of loss of self-control on court.
It was an awful racquet.

Let's be frank.

:cool:
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
I love me a good racquet smash from a pro. Let's start there. I think a good fit of racquet smashing anger is hilarious. That said, I understand the views of someone who had the racquet given to them as a gift or something like that.

Pros are different though, and yes I think exceptions can be made for pros. All in all, I feel like this is being blown out of proportion by the OP.
 

AtTheNet

New User
It was an awful racquet.

Let's be frank.

:cool:
It was 1974, I didn't know any better. ;)

But yeah, in today's context it is a miserable S*B to hit with. Took it out of the closet a couple years ago for old time's sake, and my elbow started hurting in less than 5 minutes. And that "ping" sound when the ball comes off the strings...yikes.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
It was 1974, I didn't know any better. ;)

But yeah, in today's context it is a miserable S*B to hit with. Took it out of the closet a couple years ago for old time's sake, and my elbow started hurting in less than 5 minutes. And that "ping" sound when the ball comes off the strings...yikes.
:-D:-D:-D(y)
 

Rafa4GOAT

Semi-Pro
I know Delpo shows his frustrations more often than say, Rafa, but I’ve never seen him smash a racquet. He always finds another way to calm himself down.
 

BorgCash

Legend
A universal system where the tournament stage is tied to the fine when you break a racquet will considerably reduce the carnage.

A minimum fine of 1000 USD a pop is adequate for all tour events from ATP250 and above, with a fine of $50 000 USD for a broken racquet in a Major final.

Let them break as much as they want.

:cool:
Yes, and the money will go to help homeless pets.
 
I heard Nadal finally snapped and broke a racquet in 2017, after which he personally wrote an apology letter to Babolat.
Meanwhile Safin would write an apology letter if he DIDN'T break a racquet, just for forgetting to give the racquet company some publicity.
 

BorgCash

Legend
I have to say that I don't really like seeing pros smash their racquets, with the exception of Zverev. Watching him blow up is kind of entertaining.

As a young player in high school (40+ years ago), I had to buy my racquet with money I had earned. No way would I mistreat my Wilson T2000! (if it was good enough for By-God Jimmy Connors, it was good enough for me!)

Now, with frames priced at $200 and up, I still have the same mindset. And aside from the cost involved, it is a bad display of loss of self-control on court.
Yes, i'm an old-fashioned guy and consider this non-tennis display of bad attitude.
 

deaner2211

Semi-Pro
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?
What is wrong with your wife being a role model? Professional tennis players are human, they get frustrated and do things they would normally not do. It makes me sick when people view professional athletes as role models for their children.
 

Purplemonster

Hall of Fame
What is wrong with your wife being a role model? Professional tennis players are human, they get frustrated and do things they would normally not do. It makes me sick when people view professional athletes as role models for their children.
Couldn’t agree more. Professional athletes are just that, athletes and nothing else. How can you view someone you don’t know personally as a role model ??
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
I can't recall seing Feliciano Lopez smashing a racquet.
Lopez is a player who smashed his racquet most recently funnily enough, right after his match with Karen at IW this year.

There's that myth about Rafa and his racquet smashing with Gaudio afterwards, but that's in the same park as the Nalbandian 110 mph backhand.
 

junior74

G.O.A.T.
Lopez is a player who smashed his racquet most recently funnily enough, right after his match with Karen at IW this year.

There's that myth about Rafa and his racquet smashing with Gaudio afterwards, but that's in the same park as the Nalbandian 110 mph backhand.
He did? Wow, thought I'd never see that (and I didn't) :)
 

Tshooter

Legend
I love me a good racquet smash from a pro. Let's start there...
I think you are in the majority. It's a signal from the player to the crowd that the player is trying his/her best (which is not always a given) or at least going through the motions and, more importantly, it is a great souvenir and the player usually offers it to a kid. Any crowd booing seems purely reflexive. Like when the crowd automatically boos a foot fault which booing makes no sense but is done routinely.

The fan that does not want a FEDR/Djoker/VAMOS/[other favorite player] match smashed racket can throw the first stone. :cool:

 
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vernonbc

Legend
I've been watching Felix Auger Aliassime since he was 14 and granted, a lot of his matches in Futures and Challengers weren't streamed but I've seen quite a few anyway and I don't recall seeing him ever smash a racquet or throw a tantrum on court. He's very intense but controlled like Rafa.

I've seen Karen smash his racquet few times, against Lu at Auckland one year and at Hamburg against Delbonis as well. Think you'd be hard pressed to find a player who hasn't smashed at least one racquet.
No, you wouldn't. Just check out my avatar.

Sharapova seems to have routines/rituals that help her to focus her energy -- thanks for mentioning her. Perhaps Andreescu has mental practices that help her to excel without temper tantrums?
Oh Bianca. As much as I love her, Kerber was right. Bianca can be a real diva out there on the court. :D She seems to have settled down a bit lately so maybe she's maturing and realizing there are a lot of people watching her look silly out there.

I heard Nadal finally snapped and broke a racquet in 2017, after which he personally wrote an apology letter to Babolat.
Meanwhile Safin would write an apology letter if he DIDN'T break a racquet, just for forgetting to give the racquet company some publicity.
You heard from who? 'Someone' said? 'They' said? You tried to make a bad joke and it flopped?
 

onehandbh

Legend
Not sure about racquets, but...

Kozlov is now known for not being able to tear his shirt open.

Fast-forward to the last 25 seconds of this video at the end of the match.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
I've been watching Felix Auger Aliassime since he was 14 and granted, a lot of his matches in Futures and Challengers weren't streamed but I've seen quite a few anyway and I don't recall seeing him ever smash a racquet or throw a tantrum on court. He's very intense but controlled like Rafa.
No, you wouldn't. Just check out my avatar.
You heard from who? 'Someone' said? 'They' said? You tried to make a bad joke and it flopped?
I will never understand why people like you will take it on them to make such claims that are not only impossible to prove, but imply a close quarters relationship that you don't have.

You haven't watched nearly all of Nadal's matches, nor have you been there when he was angry behind closed doors, and, most importantly, what peace of mind that gives you? He is a thousand times worse for himself when he keeps his anger within, and his fierce grimaces don't exactly prove that he is bereft of feelings of anger towards his opponent.

If it is for the first you are pretending to be something that you aren't (close to him, with intimate knowledge of what he does behind closed doors), and if the second, you are only catering to his PR image, nothing more.

:cool:
 
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