Let’s face it, if you play tennis you are prone to anger meltdowns at any given second and sometimes your best friend on court will suffer the consequences. It happens at all tennis levels from young tennis teams to tour players. Just remember McEnroe and his conspiracy theories on bad line calls, it really made him burst in an uncontrollable court rage that was fed by his extremely competitive character. In this case anger made him take control of the game in a positive way but that’s not true for all of us.
This week we’re going to remember some of the best angry moments in tennis.
Boiling points: 1. Annoyed: It’s just an everyday incident that bothers you and you realize you’d look like a psycho if you made a big deal of it. Most common symptoms are eye-rolling and the heavy breathed ‘s#37’
Boiling points: 2. Frustrated: This’s when you’re angry but you still need to hide it from your opponent, yes you can feel the emotion growing inside ready to blow out. Not everyone gets away with the common symptoms as it’s very hard to hide the feeling: the ‘poker face’ and racquet handle choking.
Boiling points: 3. Infuriated: The most entertaining of the anger stages on a tennis court and it happens when you know accumulate mistakes after mistakes. It’s fun because it comes with racquet smashing, insults to the umpire and attitude towards the ball boys as if they were the ones to blame for.
Boiling points: 4. Hostile: unfriendly, unkind, bitter, unsympathetic, malicious, vicious, rancorous, venomous, poisonous, virulent and more. It’s when being infuriated is no more an option and you want complete annihilation.
In this video you can see McEnroe’s most famous outburst, all 4 stages of anger in one player.
Log on to Tennis Plaza now. Getting the things you love has never been easier!
We Serve Your Game!