All-Time Australian Open Tantrums


The Australian Open has produced some tantrums for the ages and last night’s efforts from Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta will go down in history as one of the tantys of all time.

We have dived deep into the archives and are proud to present to you the greatest blow-ups in the history of the Australian Open.

Pablo Carreño Busta

No matter what happens for the rest of Pablo Carreño Busta’s career, he’ll now always be remembered for his actions at the 2019 Australian Open.

Carreño Busta was furious with umpire Tom Sweeny due to an overrulled “out” call, which resulted in a point to his opponent Kei Nishikori during a fifth-set tie-breaker.

When the call happened, Carreño Busta was up 8-6, but lost his cool and did not win another point.

At the end of the match, he completely lost it and that led to a tantrum that would give two-year-olds in the confectionery aisle at Coles a run for their money.

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov is through to the quarter-finals of the 2017 Australian Open, but he has not always had happy times at Melbourne Park.

During his fourth round clash with Andy Murray at the 2015 Australian Open, a particular racquet was really giving Dimitrov trouble and the Bulgarian produced one of the greatest racquet smashes in tennis history before tearing his weapon apart with his bare hands.

Marat Safin

The Australian Open was arguably Marat Safin’s best Grand Slam, but he was still at his fiery best at the event.

Safin was never a particularly big fan of the Hawk-Eye system and it really brought out Safin’s angry best during his third round clash with Andy Roddick at the 2007 Australian Open.

Viktor Troicki

It wouldn’t be a Grand Slam event without an epic meltdown from Viktor Troicki!

Troicki would be right up there with the angriest men on the ATP Tour and he always seems to find a reason to verbally abuse the umpire.

One line call sent him over the edge during his clash with Paolo Lorenzi in the second round of the Australian Open last year.

We don’t know exactly what he was saying, but it did not sound overly pleasant.

Nick Kyrgios

Australia’s most enigmatic athlete was always going to appear on this list at some point.

Kyrgios has had plenty of incredible meltdowns during his tennis career to date, but his most recent effort against Andreas Seppi at the 2017 Australian Open had to take the cake.

He received a pair of code violations, almost hit a ball-boy with his racquet and somehow managed to throw away a two set to love lead!

Jerzy Janowicz

It is rare to see a truly epic tantrum in the opening set of a Grand Slam clash, but that is exactly what happened when Jerzy Janowicz took on Somdev Devvarman in the second round of the 2013 Australian Open.

Janowicz looked on the verge of a full-blown nervous breakdown as he screamed ‘how many times’ and pleaded with the umpire for a fair go.

He lost the first two sets of the match, but was able to come from behind to record a memorable victory.

David Nalbandian

David Nalbandian is a noted tantrum thrower – nobody will forget the time he injured a linesman at the AEGON Championship – and he threw one of his best at the Australian Open in 2012.

During his second round clash with the big-serving John Isner, the umpire overruled a line call in favour of Isner and Nalbandian waited too long to challenge.

Nalbandian failed to take the umpire’s decision lying down and the tournament director was called to the court before the Argentine would recommence the match.

He lost shortly afterwards.

Andy Roddick

The best thing about Andy Roddick’s tantrums was that they were always absolutely hilarious.

During his 3rd round clash with Phillip Kohlschreiber the 2008 Australian Open, one umpire was on the end of a particularly withering spray from the American Grand Slam winner.

The levels of condescension coming from Roddick are almost unprecedented and he is probably lucky that he was able to continue without being defaulted.

Imagine what he would have been like if he was losing!

Marcos Baghdatis

This would have to be one of my favourite moments in Australian Open history.

At the 2012 Australian Open, Marcos Baghdatis was struggling against Stan Wawrinka and like the majority of tennis players elected to take out his aggression on his equipment.

Baghdatis completely destroyed one racquet, but that was not enough.

He proceeded to smash three more racquets – one of which he didn’t even bother to take out of the plastic.

John McEnroe

Baghdatis’ meltdown was particularly memorable, but he was not defaulted from the tournament – the only senior player to receive that honour at the Australian Open is the great John McEnroe.

McEnroe had a comfortable lead over Mikael Pernfors during their fourth clash at the 1990 Australian Open, but that was not good enough for McEnroe.

He received his first warning for intimidating a lineswoman and lost a point for smashing a racquet before he was defaulted from the tournament when he unleashed a fresh set of abuse at umpire Gerry Armstrong.

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