French Open: 10 Biggest Choke Jobs from the Past 10 Years

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French Open: 10 Biggest Choke Jobs from the Past 10 Years
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The choke job can come in all shapes and sizes. It can come on the world's biggest stage or on a court at your local tennis club. It can sneak up just as a player hits match point, or it can come in the form of unshakable nerves—jitters so bad that the thought of reaching match point is just laughable. 

The French Open, where drama is paramount, is home to some of the most notorious chokes in sports, not to mention the history of tennis. Think back to 1983, when Martina Navratilova bageled the unknown Kathleen Horvath in the second set of their fourth-round encounter yet still went on to lose—the lone match she'd concede the entire year.

Or the 1984 men's final, where John McEnroe let slip a 2-0 set lead and fell to Ivan Lendl in a crushing fifth. Or 1999, when Martina Hingis imploded whilst serving for the Career Slam against Steffi Graf, falling in three and having to be dragged back on court for the trophy ceremony by her mother.

In the past decade, there have been more epic meltdowns to add to this list. Check 'em out here as I count down the 10 worst choke jobs from the past 10 years. 

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