A Wrap-Up Of The Floggiest Moments In Tennis

Bananas aren't even the HALF of it

A Wrap-Up Of The Floggiest Moments In Tennis Getty

Tennis may conjure up images of lush green courts and strawberries with cream but it has its fair share of brawls, breakdowns and bratty behaviour.

And the Australian Open is already promising plenty of drama, with American Coco Vandeqeghe's tantrum about not having enough time to eat a banana probably one of our favourite reasons for a code violation.

To celebrate banana-gate, we've wrapped up some of the floggiest moments in tennis history.

Nick Kyrgios at the Shanghai Masters, 2017

Nick Kyrgios and the Shanghai Masters are like that couple who make passive-aggressive jokes all through dinner and then end the night with a huge fight. For the third year in a row Kyrgios flipped out during a match at the annual men's tournament, this time walking off the court after losing the first to Steve Johnson.

"He said if he loses this set, he's retiring," a commentator said as viewers watched the then-22-year-old gesture to his box. "Not happy with some of the decisions the umpire is making regarding controlling the crowd."

And, sure enough, as the first set concluded, Kyrgios shook Johnson's hand, the umpire's hand - making no eye contact while he did so - picked up his bag and walked off court.

Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open, 2018

Oh, Bernie. Despite refusing to speak to the media as he crashed out of the Australian Open qualifiers on Sunday, Bernard Tomic couldn't resist making one comment that has royally pissed the rest of the country off.

"I just count money, that's all I do," he said when asked what his next move would be. "I count my millions." 

But Tomic's off-the-cuff comments may come back to bite him in the ass yet - literally. The 25-year-old is hotly tipped to be heading into the African jungle to appear in the fourth series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, meaning the Australian public will have plenty of opportunity to make the controversial tennis player work for those millions of his.

Margaret Court on tennis being "full of lesbians", 2017

More than 55 years after she won the first of the seven consecutive singles titles that would make her a household name, Australian former tennis star Margaret Court caused outrage when she penned an open letter in May last year slamming Qantas for supporting same-sex marriage.

As politicians and tennis players alike hit back at Court's comments, the 75-year-old doubled down on her stance in subsequent radio interviews, claiming tennis was "full of lesbians".

"Even when I was playing there was only a couple there, but those couple that led, that took young ones into parties and things," she said on Vision Christian Radio.

"And you know, what you get at the top is often what you'll get right through that sport."

John McEnroe at Wimbledon, 1981

Honestly, if you Google "John McEnroe" and "meltdown", you'll have a solid afternoon's worth of YouTube clips to wade through. His most famous, though, was the Wimbledon tantrum that gave rise to the now-famous line: "You cannot be serious".

You heard him. The ball was "ON THE LINE".

Nick Kyrgios at the Montreal Open, 2015

So nice, we had to feature him twice. In what is arguably one of the most risqué sledges in tennis history, Nick Kyrgios' muttered comments to Swiss opponent Stan Wawarinka were picked up on court-side microphones and sent social media into meltdown.

"Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend," Kyrgios was heard saying under his breath after losing the first set. "Sorry to tell you that mate."

At the time, Wawrinka was believed to have been dating 19-year-old Croatian player Donna Vekic following the breakdown of his marriage just months before.

She and Thansai Kokkinakis were doubles partners but were never confirmed as a couple.

When asked about his comments after the match, Kyrgios said it was "just in the moment sort of stuff".

"You know, I thought ah, you know, he was getting a bit lippy at me, so I don't know, it's just in the moment sort of stuff," he blustered.

"But yeah, I don't really know. I just said it."

Seriously, "I don't really know, I just said it" could be the title of Kyrgios' autobiography.