Four rackets smashed in Aussie Open tantrum

Last updated 11:25 19/01/2012
Marcos Baghdatis racket attack
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CRACKING UP: Marcos Baghdatis thrashes a racket.

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In a jaw-dropping display of extreme petulance, Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis smashed four rackets during a break in his Australian Open loss to Stanislas Wawrinka.

The incident happened during a change of ends when Baghdatis was down by two sets and had just been broken early in the third during yesterday's game.

While sitting down he smashed the racket he had been using numerous times into the ground, bending the head back on itself.

He took another racket out of his bag and smashed it twice, then out came another racket, this one still covered in plastic. It was slammed into the ground once.

Amid growing pandemonium in the Margaret Court Arena, Baghdatis picked out another racket, also covered in plastic, smashing it twice.

Perhaps feeling at least somewhat foolish, Baghdatis staged a partial recovery and went on to win the third set.

But after that all his passion was spent, and he won just one game in the fourth set.

Rowdy evening session spectators seemed impressed, loudly cheering Baghdatis after the racket-busting episode that earned him some sort of place in tennis history.

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