5 Tennis Stars Who Need to Smile More

Jeff Cohn@jeff_cohnCorrespondent IIIDecember 15, 2011

5 Tennis Stars Who Need to Smile More

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    More often than not, losses result in negative attitudes and feelings.

    Regarding the professional players, they have endured such up-and-down spirits over the years of playing and training that it seems they would know how to handle some tough situations better.

    There are a select few players who act more like mere characters in a noir film than champions in a sport.

    The following five stars are ones that need to smile more to better their careers and improve their mental health.

Honorable Mention: Marat Safin

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    Marat was a truly comical player, and certainly loved to show signs of his anger.

    He threw his racket like no other, and with his new election to Parliament, he should start smiling more to relieve the stress that he will have to deal with.

Ernests Gulbis

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    Another man notorious for throwing rackets is this Latvian.

    Also equipped with jokes, he actually rarely laughs or smiles—perhaps doing so would uplift his spirits and his declined ranking.

Janko Tipsarevic

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    The Serb, famous for serious fist-pumping to his box and imitating an obedient snake with his hand, should start smiling after big wins—such as when he won his first tournament ever this year.

    I don't know many other players who beat Djokovic and easily shake it off.

Andy Murray

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    Not only does Andy almost never smile on-court, but he seemingly blames this fact on his "injuries" during matches.

    Sure, it is unusual to smile when hurt, but maybe he should get these ailments out of his head so that he can laugh at a few of his mistakes every now and then.

Fernando Gonzalez

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    And just when you thought the list of racket-throwers was complete already, I present you with Gonzo.

    He does smile, but it's usually at his racket-destroying performance.

Nicolas Almagro

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    This Spaniard is always incredibly serious and very focused on his tennis.

    To be honest, I cannot recall ever seeing him smile, whereas the other people on this list clearly have showed their teeth before.

    So, if you are reading this Nicolas, cheer up!