I wanted to create a humorous video where I broke one of my old racquets and gave the advice “Don’t Break Your Racquet”, but something went wrong…
There are many ways a racquet can break. Mishits on the frame, poor stringing, or – the most visual and aggressive one – when you smash it in frustration. My response to this is “Don’t break your racquet”, but when I wanted to illustrate this through a video by breaking one of my own racquets, I forgot to press record on the camera. So this is what I am left with.
Some players love smashing racquets while Rafa thinks it is a clear sign of not being in control of your emotions. He has never broken a racquet while Federer used to smash racquets in his younger years and his latest visual racquet destruction happened in Miami 2009 against Djokovic.
Other frequent racquet smashers include Zverev, Kyrgios, Paire and a bunch of others. Even Djokovic can be seen breaking racquets from time to time.
Why do you break a racquet?
Why do you break a racquet? Well, it is a way to let out built-up frustrations from the match. You can of course deal with them in other ways as most players don’t break racquets during a match no matter how frustrating it gets.
So. Don’t break a racquet. Find other ways to deal with your anger. Scream, count to ten, do pushups, take a toilet break (if allowed), there are simply many ideas on how to control your anger.
I have thrown a couple of racquets and once smashed one. No, I am not proud. I usually lose it due to low sugar or dehydration coupled with my frustration. But these days I don’t do that anymore. I respect myself and the racquet too much for that kind of behavior. Which I guess is easier to do when you are not playing for a huge sum of money.
Have you ever broken a racquet? How did it make you feel? Please comment below.