It’s a given that any person who wants to improve their tennis skills must watch their favorite pros on television. Let’s just hope they’re not trying to emulate the games of Mikhail Youzhny or Serena Williams.
The frustrated Russian nearly gave himself a concussion while berating himself for losing a match point against Nicolas Almagro at the Sony Ericsson Open. He eventually won that match, but, without his head likely still rattling, lost in the next round.
And Serena destroyed a racquet after conceding a break point to Jelena Jankovic in the sloppy women’s final. (Video: Watch Serena’s racquet abuse.) Like Youzhny, Serena won her match. One can only hope she was deadpanning with this comment at the post-match press conference: “I smashed a racquet? Are you sure it was me? I guess maybe my hand must have been oily.”
Be nice to your racquets, folks! What did they ever do to you?