Novak Djokovic lost his head during his semi final loss to Roberto Bautista in the semi finals of the Shanghai Masters last night. He broke his racket to bits and then went on to tear his shirt in frustration as his emotions got the better of him. He is not the first and certainly wont be the last to do so. (most famous tennis meltdowns)
Tennis is a a game that is high on passion and played by proud athletes who hate to lose. But losing is part and parcel of tennis just like it is for any game. But not all players take losing too kindly which has led to some crazy meltdowns on the court.
In addition to being a superb player, John McEnroe was famous for his outbursts and meltdowns on the tennis court.
Here are 5 of the most famous tennis meltdowns in tennis history !
5) John McEnroe – I
John McEnroe makes his first entry at number 5.
One of his biggest outbursts occurred in Stockholm in 1984. Frustrated, and a set down, Johnny Mac swept a load of drinks from a pitch-side table with his racket (and a pretty decent swing it must be said) before calling the umpire a “jerk”.
Unfortunately for John, the King of Sweden was sitting just a few rows away and was covered in glass and juice!
But he saw the funny side and didn’t demand swift vengeance. (most famous tennis meltdowns)