Top 10 Tennis Tantrums


Originally published on: 17/06/12 00:00

1) John McEnroe, USA
Where to start! One of Mac’s worst outbursts came at the 1990 Aussie Open when he was defaulted for abusing the tournament supervisor.

2) John McEnroe, USA
McEnroe exploded in Stockholm in 1984 as he sent cups and jugs flying off a refreshments table, spraying fans, including the King of Sweden, with glass.

3) Serena Williams, USA
After being foot-faulted in the 2009 US Open final, Williams launched into a tirade of abuse aimed at the line judge while a bemused Kim Clijsters looked on.

4) Serena Williams, USA
Serena was at it again in New York this year when she called the umpire a ‘hater’ and ‘unattractive inside’ after the official penalised her against Sam Stosur.

5) Martina Hingis, SUI
A bad line call sent Hingis into meltdown against Steffi Graf during the 1999 French Open final. Even under-arm serves couldn’t help and the tears flowed.

6) Goran Ivanisevic, CRO
In Brighton in 2000, the big-serving Croat was forced to withdraw against Hyung-Taik Lee after managing to smash every single racket in his bag.

7) Greg Rusedski, GBR
Greg lost it when a fan called out during a point against Roddick on Centre Court in 2003. “Some w***** in the crowd changed the whole match,” he ranted.

8) Andy Roddick, USA
During the 2008 Aussie Open, the American verbally abused an official before yelling: “Stay in school kids or you’ll end up being an umpire!”

9) Jimmy Connors, USA
Jimbo, then 39, saw red at the 1991 US Open after two close linecalls. He proclaimed to the umpire, ‘Get your ass out of the chair, you’re a bum!’

10) The Tarangos, USA
After Jeff Tarango quit his 1995 Wimbledon battle with Alex Mronz following a warning, his wife slapped umpire Bruno Rebeuh in the chops!


Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.