Tursunov: Most likely to injur an umpire, linesman, or ballboy/girl?

Redflea

Hall of Fame
I was very disappointed to see Tursunov's behavior at Wimbledon when he grabbed and twisted the thumb of the chair umpire he was upset with after a match...today at Indian Wells Tursunov almost hit a ball girl with a tennis ball in a moment of anger.

He was having a bad patch and showing his usual temperamental behavior...he asked for tennis balls and the ball girl bounced three to him. He grabbed two and turned his back as he whacked the third angrily back towards her, frightening her and nearly hitting her. The girl was quite young, and clearly shaken by the event.

The Chair Umpire had just docked him a point for repeated audible cursing, and unfortunately missed the moment, or Tursunov likely would have lost additional points...

Don't know the guy personally, never met him, but his on-court behavior can be just dreadful...not a credit to the ATP. I wish he'd clean it up...I enjoy watching him play, but he can't keep it together unless he's playing well and winning. Grow up, Tursunov!!
 
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Guest
I saw him on No Strings, and he seemed like a funny guy. Unfortunately, i've never seen him on court.
 

Kobble

Hall of Fame
I heard that umpire was giving him a rough time before that match. I think they have some bad history, or something. The ballgirl thing could have been an accident. I have watched him on three different occasions, he is hard on himself, and that comes across to people in different ways. I don't believe he is any threat to the integrity of the tour.
 

Topaz

Legend
I was very disappointed to see Tursunov's behavior at Wimbledon when he grabbed and twisted the thumb of the chair umpire he was upset with after a match...today at Indian Wells Tursunov almost hit a ball girl with a tennis ball in a moment of anger.

He was having a bad patch and showing his usual temperamental behavior...he asked for tennis balls and the ball girl bounced three to him. He grabbed two and turned his back as he whacked the third angrily back towards her, frightening her and nearly hitting her. The girl was quite young, and clearly shaken by the event.

The Chair Umpire had just docked him a point for repeated audible cursing, and unfortunately missed the moment, or Tursunov likely would have lost additional points...

Don't know the guy personally, never met him, but his on-court behavior can be just dreadful...not a credit to the ATP. I wish he'd clean it up...I enjoy watching him play, but he can't keep it together unless he's playing well and winning. Grow up, Tursunov!!

His back was turned...he probably didn't even know he was close to hitting her. Lots of pros do this...kind of thunk it back without looking. I've seen him play a few times at Legg Mason, and never witnessed anything out of the ordinary.
 

Redflea

Hall of Fame
His back was turned...he probably didn't even know he was close to hitting her. Lots of pros do this...kind of thunk it back without looking. I've seen him play a few times at Legg Mason, and never witnessed anything out of the ordinary.

He was angry and hit the ball hard and carelessly in her direction. Anyone who's spent as much time on a court as he has has a very good idea wher the ball is going, even in that case. And I won't excuse him just because others are rude as well. That's a pretty low she to set. He's just surprisingly immature.
 

lainey80

Semi-Pro
I know someone who knows Dmitri. I talked to him on the phone for a second one night while he was in Cincinnati last year. He wasn't all that friendly; I got a very cocky vibe from him.
But in his defense, the doctor that knows him, likes him very much.
 

Kobble

Hall of Fame
I know someone who knows Dmitri. I talked to him on the phone for a second one night while he was in Cincinnati last year. He wasn't all that friendly; I got a very cocky vibe from him.
But in his defense, the doctor that knows him, likes him very much.
He does seem pretty arrogant. Plenty of people are, but that doesn't mean they intentionally wack balls at kids. Like I said, he seems to have very high expectations of himself. I'm sure when he has a big let down he struggles to handle it calmly. He is in fact one of the few people on the planet who can win a grandslam title. I wouldn't doubt if people tell him all the time how much he could achieve if he could just do this, or that. It is also tough to fail in front of large audiences, and television cameras. You read **** like this about yourself, and hear grumbles in the stands. Last year I saw him lose to Bolleli at Miami. After the match he walks out of the stadium by himself, back to the locker. Certainly, not the red carpet lifestyle we get in out minds.
 

Chauvalito

Hall of Fame
I would have tripped over rows of seats to grab that racket :)...and I am in my 20's...better yet, I would have sent my younger brother on a reconnaissance mission.
 

aceroberts13

Professional
I don't know about all of his bad behavior, but I do know atp.com hyped his stupid blogs he used to write all that time ago that were like zero percent funny. Oh that silly Tursonov:lol:
 

Klatu Verata Necktie

Hall of Fame
I've played with a few guys who errupt violently on the court. One of those guys is said to be one of the nicest people around when he is off the court.

The problem I have with that is that when someone blows up in anger on the court, I see it as somewhat disrespectful to their opponent in that the person blowing up isn't giving them any credit for their bad play or errors (many tennis "Safins" don't distinguish between forced errors and unforced errors).
 

norcal

Legend
Saw him playing a no-namer in San Jose a couple years ago. He was down a break point that was also a set point. After missing his first serve he chose to hit a 140 mph second serve that was five feet long, giving away the set and later the match. He acted like a five year old in an adult's body.
 

EasternRocks

Hall of Fame
When he couldn't close the match vs Juan Ignacio-Chela, he cracked and tossed his racquet in disgust. I was surprised in his action!
 

roundiesee

Hall of Fame
It seems an irony actually; he portrays himself as being this witty funny guy who's blog is very popular with tennis fans, but on court his demeanor and attitude can be pretty negative. Like Redflea said, he should seriously consider improving his behaviour....
 

fluffy Beaver

Professional
It seems an irony actually; he portrays himself as being this witty funny guy who's blog is very popular with tennis fans, but on court his demeanor and attitude can be pretty negative. Like Redflea said, he should seriously consider improving his behaviour....

Then wouldn't it come down to all players being alike? Everyone needs their own attitude and behavior or else we'd just be watching robots.
 
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