Ranking the Most Ridiculous Tantrums in Tennis History

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Ranking the Most Ridiculous Tantrums in Tennis History
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Serena Williams shows off her teeth, 2013 Australian Open 2013

Tennis tantrums have taken many shapes and sizes throughout the sport's history. Certain players even evoke the imagery of outbursts merely by the mention of their names.

Consider, for example, John McEnroe and Ilie Nastase.

Yelling and racket breaking have become blasé, though. They are now the standard tantrum. The ridiculous sort go well beyond the norm to include the surreal, the politically incorrect and the outright criminal.

Whereas McEnroe might have held up the action with a verbal outburst, Xavier Malisse found a different, enchanting way of halting the proceedings. Marcos Baghdatis discovered that breaking one instrument is never enough. And on and on go the tantrums.

Check out the top five examples of this evolution of tennis tirades.


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