April 15, 2015

Mikhail Youzhny

Mikhail Youzhny

Mikhail Youzhny is a Russian tennis player who currently is ranked #58 on the ATP. Here he's returning a serve from Kei Nishikori (see yesterday's post) on the grandstand court during the Miami Open.  A few years ago, Youzhny was ranked as high as #8 and he's always interesting to watch.

There seems to be something about Miami that draws out fits of rage in tennis players. (Perhaps the relentless scorching heat has something to do with it.  Just a thought...) Anyway, Youzhny is infamous for his Miami Meltdown in 2008 when he bashed his racquet against his forehead with such force that  blood trickled  down his face.  It happened on this very court.  I missed that display in person; however, it's memorialized on YouTube if you're interested you can watch it here.  I'm pleased to report that he played well during this match and kept his emotions in check.


Nancy J said...

Oh, to be right there, tennis is my all time favourite sport. Great shots, both the player and you!!!

William Kendall said...

He looks quite focused.

Jack said...

You do find the most interesting tidbits to write about.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Tennis has certainly had its share of "bad boys" over the generations. Love the intensity of his face (and the colors of the court)!


Kay said...

I can think of all sorts of excuses for bad behavior but really, what's wrong with a little anger management and adult behavior?