Professionals Known for NOT Breaking Racquets

DBH

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From a 1991 Sports Illustrated profile of Stefan Edberg (written by Franz Lidz):

'Even as a junior player Edberg remained as cool as an arctic ice pack. The only time he ever tried to break his racket, it wouldn't cooperate. He smashed his aluminum Chemold against a concrete wall after a loss in the juniors, but the frame barely bent. "I decided there were easier ways to get rid of a racket," he says. "Like giving it away to some kid." '
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Not sure I call what Zverev does with a racket is 'breaking it'

He barely puts a dent into it and then I'm pretty sure his forehand quality wouldn't actually suffer from it
 

BGod

Legend
It's absolutely entitlement. There is literally no bigger reason. It doesn't matter how emotionally invested you are, breaking equipment needed to compete in a sport ONLY comes with the clear acknowledgement and embracing of not having to worry about the financial cost.

Funny enough, the racquet breaks have exploded (no pun intended) with the advent of lighter carbon based frames. Pick up an old pro-staff and the Kevlar composite is harder to smash in such fashion as seen by Dimitrov/Zverev. Nevermind the T frames popularized by Connors.

Yes, players that routinely smash racquets, especially on changeovers almost automatically get put on my crap list. I simply cannot cheer for such a childish brat. At least with Shapovalov he typically doesn't outright smash the racquet, half the time he just drops the frame and the other half he hits it once and not to damage it beyond use, at least from what I've seen. And not on changeovers.

If I recall correctly he actually smashed 2 racquets in that changeover not just the 1. This is as unlikeable as a player can get. What a puss.
 

vernonbc

Legend
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.
This will be my first and my last response to you. I have far better things to do with my life than argue with someone who spends their life being contentious on the internet.

I never made any claims other than the fact that Rafa has never smashed a racquet in anger during a match, nor did I claim a close relationship with him. But, if a match of his was ever streamed or on tv, I watched it. I am one of those fanatical fans that not only watches his matches but I have watched innumerable interviews with him in English or if they're in Spanish, another fanatical fan like me has translated those interviews and I have read them. I have also read or seen countless video and articles of friends, teammates, tournament officials, other players, personalities he has met and/or worked with, and they all without reservation say that Rafa is one of the most polite, pleasant, helpful and one of the nicest people they have ever met. That's why the whole staff at the French Open cried as he said goodbye having had to withdraw from the tournament in 2016. It's why he's had the same driver at the Australian Open for over ten years who has him over for dinner with his whole family every year in Melbourne and who with his wife travelled to Mallorca to vacation with him last year.

I've read his book which talked a lot about his upbringing and how tough Toni was on him about behaving properly on court, how he is so lucky to get racquets free when many others would dearly love to be able to afford to buy one and that if Rafa ever smashed one it would be an insult to those less fortunate than him and that he'd quit coaching him if he ever did.

Rafa very seldom gets angry at his opponents and his 'fierce grimaces', if there are any, are directed towards himself and how he's playing. Same as his celebrations and his Vamos cries. He's very intense but very respectful of his opponents. That's the reason he's so widely described as mentally strong and why most people say he's the player they'd choose to play a match for their life. He's not an angry person, out on court or behind closed doors. He cool and shy and as he says "is important to be happy, no?". He says he's happy about his tennis when he's healthy enough to be competitive at all tournaments and has a busy and very happy life off the court. He is a blessed man.
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
This will be my first and my last response to you. I have far better things to do with my life than argue with someone who spends their life being contentious on the internet.

I never made any claims other than the fact that Rafa has never smashed a racquet in anger during a match, nor did I claim a close relationship with him. But, if a match of his was ever streamed or on tv, I watched it. I am one of those fanatical fans that not only watches his matches but I have watched innumerable interviews with him in English or if they're in Spanish, another fanatical fan like me has translated those interviews and I have read them. I have also read or seen countless video and articles of friends, teammates, tournament officials, other players, personalities he has met and/or worked with, and they all without reservation say that Rafa is one of the most polite, pleasant, helpful and one of the nicest people they have ever met. That's why the whole staff at the French Open cried as he said goodbye having had to withdraw from the tournament in 2016. It's why he's had the same driver at the Australian Open for over ten years who has him over for dinner with his whole family every year in Melbourne and who with his wife travelled to Mallorca to vacation with him last year.

I've read his book which talked a lot about his upbringing and how tough Toni was on him about behaving properly on court, how he is so lucky to get racquets free when many others would dearly love to be able to afford to buy one and that if Rafa ever smashed one it would be an insult to those less fortunate than him and that he'd quit coaching him if he ever did.

Rafa very seldom gets angry at his opponents and his 'fierce grimaces', if there are any, are directed towards himself and how he's playing. Same as his celebrations and his Vamos cries. He's very intense but very respectful of his opponents. That's the reason he's so widely described as mentally strong and why most people say he's the player they'd choose to play a match for their life. He's not an angry person, out on court or behind closed doors. He cool and shy and as he says "is important to be happy, no?". He says he's happy about his tennis when he's healthy enough to be competitive at all tournaments and has a busy and very happy life off the court. He is a blessed man.
I simply addressed your wish to go out there and talk about something as incredibly insignificant as this and trying to draw from it grand conclusions about his personality and whatnot, when you are not even in possession of enough information to be able to state that with absolute certainty.

Everything else is a boring tripe that I have seen a million times from the type of fans that want to demonstrate intimate relation with their favourite idol.


"Blessed man", listen to yourself. That is bordering on a religion.

:cool:
 
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This will be my first and my last response to you. I have far better things to do with my life than argue with someone who spends their life being contentious on the internet.

I never made any claims other than the fact that Rafa has never smashed a racquet in anger during a match, nor did I claim a close relationship with him. But, if a match of his was ever streamed or on tv, I watched it. I am one of those fanatical fans that not only watches his matches but I have watched innumerable interviews with him in English or if they're in Spanish, another fanatical fan like me has translated those interviews and I have read them. I have also read or seen countless video and articles of friends, teammates, tournament officials, other players, personalities he has met and/or worked with, and they all without reservation say that Rafa is one of the most polite, pleasant, helpful and one of the nicest people they have ever met. That's why the whole staff at the French Open cried as he said goodbye having had to withdraw from the tournament in 2016. It's why he's had the same driver at the Australian Open for over ten years who has him over for dinner with his whole family every year in Melbourne and who with his wife travelled to Mallorca to vacation with him last year.

I've read his book which talked a lot about his upbringing and how tough Toni was on him about behaving properly on court, how he is so lucky to get racquets free when many others would dearly love to be able to afford to buy one and that if Rafa ever smashed one it would be an insult to those less fortunate than him and that he'd quit coaching him if he ever did.

Rafa very seldom gets angry at his opponents and his 'fierce grimaces', if there are any, are directed towards himself and how he's playing. Same as his celebrations and his Vamos cries. He's very intense but very respectful of his opponents. That's the reason he's so widely described as mentally strong and why most people say he's the player they'd choose to play a match for their life. He's not an angry person, out on court or behind closed doors. He cool and shy and as he says "is important to be happy, no?". He says he's happy about his tennis when he's healthy enough to be competitive at all tournaments and has a busy and very happy life off the court. He is a blessed man.
No doubt he’s an angel. Err... sorry god... whatever it is that you call him

Just curious, do you also have a shrine in your house dedicated to Nadal?
 
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