By studying tennis player tantrums we can learn a great deal that can help us improve our psychological approach to tennis, or indeed any sport. Here are five classic tantrums, each one with a distinct lesson to teach us.
What is distinctive about Wawrinka that has allowed him to become such a late bloomer? In tennis, a minute fraction of players win their first major championship at age 28. Most journeymen have long established their place in the tennis ranking hierarchy.
New 20-year-old Aussie tennis sensation Nick Kyrgios has come perilously close to being defaulted for language and/or racquet and ball abuse at the US Open, the Australian Open, where John McEnroe was famously defaulted in 1990, and the Estoril Open in Portugal.
Mac rudely jerked his chin in her direction, a gesture that translated to: "Get that friggin' ball." And in front of 20,000 spectators at Madison Square Garden, my sister did an amazing thing. Nothing.
"The powers that be in tennis have made little effort to give this, perhaps, what it deserves," said McEnroe. "It would be beneficial to all to give this a real chance, and I don't think it's being given that chance."