Posted January 19, 2012 on
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Juan Carlos Ferrero
Serena Williams was impressed. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was surprised. Novak Djokovic just couldn't wait to join the hundreds of thousands of people to have viewed online footage of Marcos Baghdatis' spectacular bout of racket rage.
Baghdatis went out of the Australian Open in a late-night match Wednesday, but he was still the talk of Melbourne Park a day later.
Down two sets and a break, Baghdatis sat in his chair at the changeover and whacked his racket on the court seven times until it was almost unrecognizable. That wasn't so unusual - what happened next was.
Baghdatis calmly gave the mangled racket to a ballboy, plucked a new one out of his bag and cracked that as well. The next two, he didn't even bother taking out of the plastic wrapping before smashing them into the court.
In all, the fiery Cypriot broke four rackets during a meltdown that lasted less than a minute and earned him a $1,250 fine - or just over $300 per racket.
''I've never done that....
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I played tennis for a year in high school and still play quite a bit during the summer. And watching this video just makes me realize how much more I'd love playing tennis if I got to carry around a bottomless bag of top-of-the-line tennis rackets like the pros do. Like I've never had a racket that costs over $70 or so, and I get very competitive and pissed off on the court...
In a second round men's singles tennis match in the 2012 Australian Open, Marcos Baghdatis fell behind two sets to Stanislas Wawrinka. Unhappy with the way he was playing, Baghdatis took his frustration out on some of his tennis rackets. Four of them, to be exact.
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Serena Williams was impressed. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was surprised. Novak Djokovic just couldn't wait to join the hundreds of thousands of people to have viewed online footage of Marcos Baghdatis spectacular bout of racket rage.
Baghdatis lost a last-night match Wednesday at the Australian Open, but he was still the talk of Melbourne Park a day later.
Down two sets and a break...
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