Sledging In Tennis?

After noticing that people are still giving Nick Kygrios a hard time over his sledging incident I though I’d revisit the whole sledging thing. This is even though I wrote the post Nick Kyrgios Sledging Un-Australian. Most of the sledging in that post involved cricket so for today’s post I thought I’d have a look to see if there’s any sledging in tennis. Other than the Nick’s infamous ‘banging your girlfriend’ one.

The first one I managed to find involved Pat Cash.

Here is an excerpt from Uncovered: The Autobiography of Pat Cash: “Boris (Becker) beat me in straight sets (quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 1988) and even had the cheek to play the fool. On one point I ran to a mishit drop volley and fell over the net. Making the most of my misfortune, he thought it would be fun to run and plaunge over the net as well. He thought it was hilarious and the crowd seemed to like the joke but the humour was lost on me… I resorted to some time-honoured Aussie sledging.

Merv Hughes would have been proud of me as I eyeballed Boris before informing him: “You’re a fucking smartarse Kraut!” Did I regret it? Not at the time but I do cringe at the memory.”

So, not only did he use the F bomb, he also used what some people would consider a racist term. In my opinion it’s somewhat worse than Nick’s banging reference.

I even found another article where Pat Cash recommends that there was more sledging in tennis as he reckons that would make tennis more exciting. I reckon he’s right on this one.

Nick-Kyrgios Sledging in TennisMcEnroe is famous for his picturesque tirades which were normally hurled at umpires or linesmen. There was one time though  when a Czech opponent mistakenly hit him with a tennis ball and McEnroe told him: “You’ll be sorry you hit me you fucking communist asshole.”

Once again, we have the F bomb followed by what could be called a racial slur.

You know, apart from tennis players abusing umpires, ballboys and the like there’s not much out there about actual shenanigans on court. Sure there’s sledging (mind games) happening off court but not much on record of it happening during game play. The other thing to remember is that they didn’t have access to social media in those days. Social media can virtually crucify a person on line and if you ask me a lot of the stuff on social media is nothing but #bullshit!

I’m sure that it used to happen but because of the lack of mikes in those days there’s no record of it. I’m sure its those very same mikes that keep our tennis players in check today. Unfortunately for Nick he let a momentary lack of judgement get the best of him. I’m sure he knows better now and has learned from his mistake.

Advice For Nick Kyrgios

If I had any advice for Nick Kyrgios it would be this. Don’t let all the negativity out there get you down. Accept what you’ve done, put it behind you and get on with your tennis.

Oh, and don’t be an wanker when you’re on the court. Show everyone you have what it takes to be a champion. The best way to do that is to play great tennis. You want people to remember you for that and not for any crazy on court antics.

Hot Sports News

I just thought I’d have a look around the net this morning to see if there was any hot sports news that would possibly interest you guys. I did come up with a few and here they are.

Hot Sports News #1 James Hird On Witness Stand


Yep, James Hird is due on the witness stand again this morning.This day 2 of the Essendon – ASADA hearing. ASADA being Hot sports news ASADA Hirdthe Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority started by the Government to protect the the Australian sporting integrity by eliminating doping.

ASADA went after Essendon last year apparently knowing that there were legal problems about their joint legal investigation with the AFL against Essendon. James Hird the suspended Essendon coach has already told the court,

“I signed the deed settlement under great duress, threats and great inducements to get me to sign it,” Hird told the Federal Court.”

While it will be interesting how all this will evolve one wonders if any of it is worthwhile because I heard on one news program yesterday that even if ASADA loses the case they will simply regroup and take another tack on Essendon 2012 drug scandal. ASADA will not go down easily as the prepare to Hammer Hird in court today. Personally I hope that Hird wins his day in court.

Hot Sports News #2 ‘Mad Dog’ Marinko Fires Up Again


I remember watching John McEnroe in his hey day waiting for him to blow up because in those days it was so entertaining. It looks like the Aussies have their very own McEnroe in Marinko Matosevic. I haven’t really followed Marinko’s tennis career but it seems ‘losing’ it may be a bit of a habit for him earning him his ‘Mad Dod” nickname. In this latest video you will see him fire up as the umpire overrules what he thought was a winning ace. Winning moments later he refuses to shake the umpires hand and even appears to swear at him. Check out the short video to see all that transpired in the final seconds of the Cincinnati Masters match.

Hot Sports News#3 Charlie Webster’s FHM Shoot


I included this in the Hot Sports News post because I know how much my readers like sexy sports women. That’s why the Hot Sports Babes posts has proved so popular. The last time I included a news presenter in a post was in my Hot Body Paint Sports post which featured Andressa Urach. Today I’m going to feature another very sexy sports presenter who has not impressed her bosses by her FHM photo shoot. I’m talking about Charlie Webster who is the Sky Sports News presenter. Perhaps they’re not happy with her photo shoot but I reckon her sports fans are. Knowing how happy they would be to see the sexy Charlie Webster photo shoot I’ve gone to great trouble to find a video of it. 😉

Perhaps you would like Charlie featured in a Hot Sports Babes post? If so just let me know in the comments below.