Found May 09, 2013 on
Tennis Grand Stand:
Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka each lost their cool en route to early round upsets in Madrid.
Perhaps more so than others, tennis is a sport in which the gladiator narrative is consistently embraced. It features two competitors going head-to-head in a war of attrition. Heavy forehands and backhands are akin to body blows, and the repetition of these rallies akin to rounds in boxing. If one player wins a long, grueling rally, they’ve “won the battle” but will “lose the war.” As professionals, it should be expected that players are held responsible for all of their actions while on court; however, as tennis continues to embrace this warrior mentality narrative, this really isn’t the case. This was fully on display early in Madrid this week, as Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka flamed out before the quarterfinals; both players did not go quietly, as each was embroiled in controversy in defeat.
Djokovic faced off against rising talent Grigor Dimitrov in the second round on Tues...
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Novak Djokovic lost to Grigor Dimitrov at the Madrid Open, and he appeared to yell something out at the fans at one point.
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Victoria Azarenka was none too happy during her match at the Madrid Open.Seen here is the Belarusian tennis player smashing her racket into the ground after misplaying a ball. Just look at the anger she takes out on that poor piece of sports equipment.Then, she proceeds to engage in a heated exchange with the umpire because she allegedly said a "bad word" earlier in the match.
Victoria Azarenka lost her temper, broke her racket and argued with the chair umpire in an exit Wednesday from the Madrid Open, where she's been runner-up the past two years.
Losing to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the second round ended Azarenka's 18-match winning streak to start the season.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal spoiled Benoit Paire's 24th birthday...
By Tumaini Carayol (May 7, 2013) MADRID – Under the burning lights and brash crowd of the Manolo Santana court, Grigor Dimitrov finally justified his “showtime” moniker, stealing the show by capturing the greatest victory of his career in a mammoth 7-6(6), 6-7(8), 6-3 victory over the world No. 1, Novak Djokovic at the Madrid [...]
Grigor Dimitrov earns career best win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Madrid.
By Yeshayahu Ginsburg
During Wimbledon 2011, three young players that were expected by many to someday be top tennis players were all playing their second-round matches at the same time. Two of them were competing in what many thought would be their coming-out parties. One was playing quite poorly against...